Sophos defends National Health Service from viruses

April 23, 2001 Sophos Press Release

 
Sophos Anti-Virus protects over 100,000 NHS computers.

Sophos, a world leader in corporate anti-virus protection, today announced that it now defends over 100,000 NHS computer users from virus attack. This landmark was achieved when Sophos reseller Foursys closed a deal with Southern Derbyshire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust to provide Sophos Anti-Virus protection for all the Trust's 2,500 computers.

One of the Trust's sites, The Derbyshire Royal Infirmary, covers an area of thirty acres and is the sole accident-receiving centre for Southern Derbyshire. Hospital facilities include surgical and medical services, trauma and orthopaedics, critical care and support.

"The SDAHT is a large Acute Trust and it is therefore vital that all computers and hi-tech equipment have the highest level of protection available," said Martin Steedman, Technical Services Manager for the Trust. "We simply cannot risk virus infection and believe that Sophos Anti-Virus is able to offer the superior protection, support and service that we require."

"Computer viruses can wipe hard disks, corrupt databases and bring down email servers. The National Health Service has demonstrated its awareness of the threats posed by viruses by protecting 100,000 of its computers with Sophos Anti-Virus," said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant for Sophos. "As with all our other customers we will be providing the NHS with 24 hour, 365-day-a-year, industrial strength technical support and service."

Charities and NHS organisations can buy Sophos Anti-Virus at 50% of the normal recommended retail price through several Sophos resellers. NHS organisations who have already chosen Sophos Anti-Virus include Great Ormond Street Hospital, West Sussex Health Authority, Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust, and Birmingham Heartlands Hospitals NHS Trust.