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Ipswich NHS trust protects its IT assets with Sophos Enterprise Security and Control

Sophos : 02 September, 2008  (Application Story)
Network assets at hospital trust in the UK protected against web based and e-mail borne security threats with Enterprise Security and Control from Sophos
IT security and control firm Sophos is delivering protection against spam, viruses, spyware and other forms of malware to Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust. Providing healthcare services to nearly half a million people, Ipswich Hospital has selected Sophos Enterprise Security and Control to defend 3500 staff accounts from both email and web-based malware as well as the rising tide of spam email messages.

New research from Sophos finds one new infected webpage every five seconds, up from one in fifteen seconds in 2007 - ninety percent of which are found on legitimate but infected websites. These sharp increases in web-based attacks are a grave concern for organisations such as Ipswich Hospital which are responsible for protecting large amounts of sensitive information.

Before switching to Sophos for their email and web protection, Ipswich Hospital were running products from Bluecoat, Clearswift and SurfControl, as well as Sophos's desktop and server offering. Upon renewal, the hospital reviewed its entire network security infrastructure and opted to fulfil all its security requirements with Sophos. The NHS Trust implemented the ES4000 email and WS1000 web appliances, as well as upgrading its protection for desktops, laptops, file servers and mobile devices with Sophos's Endpoint Security and Control.

'From an efficiency point of view, it was vital that we deployed a simple, easy to use but comprehensive solution,' said Karl Kroger, senior technical support specialist at Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust. 'Having had a good experience with Sophos endpoint protection software, the common interface with the additional gateway products means that all our security is now controlled in a much more intelligible way.'

Delivering trusted content security and URL filtering in a single appliance, the WS1000 ensures a secure web browsing experience for Ipswich Hospital, as it protects against all forms of malware and productivity threats, and is automatically updated every couple of minutes with the latest threat defences.

Handling up to 80,000 messages an hour, the ES4000 features an intuitive web-based interface, automated security updates and remotely monitors and alerts IT staff at the NHS Trust to any issues - greatly minimising administration time.

'A highlight of this project was the support we received from Sophos,' continued Kroger. 'We were able to install the new Sophos gateway products on a free trial basis alongside the previous solutions, making the switch over very quick and very smooth. But, what really stood out, was how competitive Sophos was, beating the other solutions we looked at by some margin.'

'In recent months, the UK has suffered from a number of high-profile data breaches involving public and government authorities,' said Andrew Bradshaw, VP at Sophos UK. 'It's important that all organisations realise the severity of a compromised network, which threatens public confidence and potentially serves up sensitive information to hackers. With more sophisticated security threats on the rise, institutions such as Ipswich Hospital would do well to protect each layer of their network with simple, yet powerful solutions.'
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