It’s Sophos’s 25th birthday, which seems as good an excuse as any to take a look back.
Jan Hruska and Peter Lammer, the two founders of Sophos, met in Oxford in the mid-1980s. Viruses weren’t really a problem back then, although a handful did exist. Interested in technology, they chose to work together and formed a company called Sophos. (The name, by the way, stems from Ancient Greek meaning “Wise or Learned” – in modern Greek it reportedly means “Smart Ass”).
(Yes, I know they look like a pair of private detectives from a 1970s TV show, but that’s how people dressed in the mid-1980s, okay?)
The two started working together, based in a semi-detached house in Kidlington, Oxford. It was just the two of them, a grand piano, and a German Shepherd dog.
Their first venture, however, wasn’t anti-virus software as you might expect.
Instead, they created a “portable” computer called the AC-86. It was no larger than many of today’s…
Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.