Enterprise Manager provides automatic anti-virus updates to
help protect important IT systems
Sophos, a world leader in anti-virus and anti-spam protection
for businesses, today announced that Kent Fire and Rescue Service
has installed Sophos's Enterprise Manager suite to assist in
protecting its IT systems against virus infections. Enterprise
Manager will allow the Service to easily administer the Sophos
Anti-Virus software by providing automatic updates.
Sophos's Enterprise Manager has replaced a component of their
anti-virus solution and will be used across the Service's 67 sites
- covering 500 PCs/terminals and around 1800 users. Helping to
ensure the smooth running of offices, the suite will help protect
vital management and administrative information, which is the
backbone to the emergency service which is provided.
"Due to the nature of Kent Fire and Rescue Service's work, we
needed an easy-to-use, reliable anti-virus solution which we could
always depend on," said Peter Barrett, user services manager at
Kent Fire and Rescue Service. "When we were in the process of
reviewing our existing virus protection solutions, Sophos and
Access IT allowed us to have a flexible evaluation period. This
trial met all our requirements, in terms of cost, after-sales
support and the ability to support multiple systems - important as
we are using Terminal Services with Citrix Metaframe as well as
desktop PCs. We use a range of tools to reduce the threat of
malicious attack, so it was important that the Sophos software
would integrate well within our infrastructure."
"Emergency services like Kent Fire and Rescue Service cannot
afford to leave holes in their anti-virus protection, but keeping
software up to date can seem an endless task," said Roger Woodcock,
sales and marketing manager at Access IT. "Recognising that IT
departments are very busy, Sophos has built a system which can
automatically distribute protection against the latest viruses.
Enterprise Manager also negates the 'human factor' - no longer does
a network's integrity depend on one person remembering to apply a
Kent Fire and Rescue Service's Enterprise Manager was installed
by Sophos partner Access IT which provided on-site training and
after sales support.
Enterprise Manager allows network
administrators to specify the time and frequency of downloads,
providing them with full control of their anti-virus protection.
This administration service schedules automatic downloads of the
very latest protection from a dedicated Sophos website, ensuring
that even during heavy periods of web traffic, updates arrive as
soon as they are available.
About Kent Fire and Rescue Service
Kent Fire and Rescue Service is responsible for delivering fire
and rescue services to more than 1.6 million people in Kent and
Medway. The name Kent Fire and Rescue Service has recently replaced
former title Kent Fire Brigade to reflect its growing role in
preventative work, response to road traffic accidents and non-fire
related emergencies. Kent Fire and Rescue Service is the
responsibility of the Kent and Medway Fire and Rescue
About Access IT
IT is a leading Internet Integrator based in the heart of Kent,
with clients ranging from SMEs to Corporations, Heath Authorities,
Local Government and Educational establishments. Access IT have a
longstanding business relationship with Sophos, and were amongst
the first Sophos Certified Partners in the country, and have been
nominated for Sophos Reseller of the Year two years running.
Sophos is headquartered in Boston, US and Oxford, UK. More information is available at www.sophos.com.