Britannia Builds Virus Defence With Sophos

Sophos, a world leader in corporate anti-virus protection, today announced that it has been selected by Britannia, Britain’s second largest mutual building society with 190 branches across the country, to protect all 3,000 of Britannia’s users throughout the UK.

Sophos Anti-Virus will protect Britannia Building Society’s network against all known viruses, worms and Trojan horses. Sophos is currently detecting and protecting against 72,000 viruses, with the figure rising by approximately 1,000 per month.

“Sophos has a proven track record of offering unrivalled detection rates and first class technical support which is specially tailored to corporate needs,” said Mike Freakley, technical security manager at Britannia Building Society. “As a large financial institution the data we hold is business critical – we cannot allow it to be exposed to attack. Sophos provides us with the very best defence.”

“Britannia Building Society demands superior protection against viruses and worms for its network,” said Mark Forrest, sales and marketing director at Sophos. “Sophos Anti-Virus beat all other products during Britannia’s technical evaluation, making it the natural choice.”


Sophos is one of the world’s largest specialist developers of anti-virus software. The products are sold and supported through a global network of subsidiaries and partners in more than 150 countries. Sophos Anti-Virus is widely used by large corporations, banks and governments.


Britannia Building Society is the second biggest mutual in the United Kingdom with 2.2 million customers. It has 190 branches across the country and employs approximately 3,000 staff. For more information please visit

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