Kent Fire and Rescue Service avoids virus emergency with Sophos

February 12, 2004 Sophos Press Release

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 patch."

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 Authority.

About Access IT

Access 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.