Sophos PureMessage protects Australia's accreditation authority from spam and viruses

March 30, 2004 Sophos Press Release

Sophos, the world leader in integrated corporate anti-spam and anti-virus protection, today announced that the National Association of Testing Authorities, Australia (NATA) has deployed Sophos PureMessage for protection against spam and computer viruses.

NATA plays a key role in Australia's standards and conformance infrastructure, providing an important mechanism for improving the business efficiency and competitiveness of Australian industry in international and national markets. NATA is the peak authority in Australia for the accreditation of inspection bodies and testing facilities. The association also offers specialised training, information and support services.

NATA's IT Manager, Steven Darlow, said spam had become a major issue for the organisation with senior executives' email inboxes becoming choked with spam on a daily basis.

"It had reached the point where spam was accounting for well over 60 per cent of all email traffic coming into our email servers. This was unacceptable and was forcing our executives into wasting their time dealing with the issue at an inbox level," Darlow said.

"Sophos PureMessage has had an immediate impact. The software is stopping more than 90 per cent of unwanted email before it gets into the organisation and we are currently refining the parameters and expect an even higher rate of detection."

Sophos PureMessage is a comprehensive, flexible email management solution which enables businesses to take greater control of their email traffic by not only providing powerful anti-spam and anti-virus protection, but also taking the next step with advanced policy enforcement tools.

The Sophos PureMessage software is protecting NATA's 180 users at the email gateway, stopping spam and computer viruses at the network boundary. NATA has deployed Sophos PureMessage on a Compaq server running FreeBSD.

Darlow said that Sophos's integrated anti-spam and anti-virus protection, multi-platform functionality and central administration were the key differentiators in NATA's decision for PureMessage. He also praised Sophos's technical support team for their professionalism and advice in implementing the system.

Sophos's managing director for Australia and New Zealand, Rob Forsyth, said that PureMessage provides an ideal email management platform for businesses wanting to stop spam and viruses at their network boundary, while providing advanced policy enforcement tools to help ensure intellectual property remains protected and compliance standards maintained.

"We're very pleased to be helping NATA overcome its spam and computer virus issues while ensuring they maintain the highest levels of technical competence and excellent reputation among their members and international peers."