Ten years at Sophos

Graham Cluley

I didn’t believe them when they told me, but apparently today is the 10th anniversary of me joining Sophos.

Sophos wasn’t my first job in the computer security industry. In December 1991 I went for an interview at S&S International (later to be known as Dr Solomon’s Software), and was fortunate enough to be hired by Alan and Susan Solomon as their first Windows programmer.

That made me a gulp a bit as I’d never written a program for Windows before, and trying to write any code that would remain stable for very long under Windows 3.0 was quite a struggle. But still, hey, it was a job and these virus things were kinda interesting – at least more interesting to me than writing accountancy software.

I had a great time at Dr Solomon’s until June 1998, when it announced that it was going to be bought by a company called Network Associates or NAI.

As you can see to the right, Sophos put out a cheeky advert announcing the death of their arch-rival in the British corporate…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.