Sophos Anti-Virus hits the sweet spot for NSW Sugar

November 18, 2003 Sophos Press Release

New South Wales Sugar Milling Co-operative LtdSophos, a world leader in anti-virus and anti-spam protection for businesses, today announced that New South Wales Sugar Milling Co-operative Ltd (NSW Sugar) will deploy Sophos Anti-Virus to protect its critical computer networks from viruses, internet worms and other malicious software.

NSW Sugar will deploy Sophos Anti-Virus across its Windows desktops and servers at three separate sites. The Co-operative will also deploy Sophos MailMonitor on its email gateways to protect users from receiving virus-laden emails.

Sophos's administration and management console - Enterprise Manager - will be used to centrally manage and update the anti-virus software.

NSW Sugar is a significant contributor to the State's economy and one of the biggest employers in the State's north. The Co-operative contributes more than AUD$230 million regional economic output and has some 2,200 direct and indirect employees including 450 mill and refinery employees and 650 cane farmers. The Co-operative was formed in 1978 and has mills at Condong on the Tweed River, Broadwater on the Richmond River and Harwood on the Clarence River.

Commenting on his organisation's selection of the Sophos software, Tim Dalrymple, NSW Sugar's Manager - Information Services, said "Keeping our networks free from computer viruses and other malicious internet content is of critical importance to the Co-operative's wellbeing.

"While our sugar output will tend to vary year on year we cannot afford to be let down by computer networks that fail us at critical times. The Sophos Anti-Virus software has really hit the sweet spot for us, delivering exceptional support and peace of mind.

"One of the biggest benefits for NSW Sugar is the inclusion of Sophos's administration tool, Enterprise Manager, which allows us to centrally manage and update all our desktops and servers, freeing up precious resources to focus on more revenue generating activities," he said.

Sophos's Managing Director for Australia and New Zealand, Rob Forsyth, said that protecting business-critical computer networks from viruses and other malicious software is of major importance to primary producers.

"Being a significant contributor to regional economic growth and development, NSW Sugar cannot afford to let its guard down in the fight against computer viruses.

"NSW Sugar has an enviable reputation for resource efficiency, so it's pleasing to see the Co-operative taking proactive steps to protect its information resources and ensure production and employment is not disrupted."