Sophos creates healthier network for James Paget Hospital

July 05, 2004 Sophos Press Release

James Paget Hospital

Consolidated solution secures critical medical data from spam and virus attacks

Sophos, a world leader in protecting businesses against spam and viruses, today announced that James Paget Hospital, the Norfolk-based NHS Trust, has installed Sophos PureMessage to protect its network from viruses and spam. PureMessage combines Sophos's industry-leading virus and spam protection, and is capable of filtering millions of messages per day.

James Paget Hospital formerly used an anti-virus scanner, but with an average 7500 spam mails being received each week it became increasingly evident that protection against spam was also essential. The hospital opted for a consolidated solution - Sophos PureMessage - because its combination of anti-spam, anti-virus and policy enforcement technology simplifies email monitoring and management.

Sophos PureMessage's flexible spam handling options give companies greater control of their email traffic, allowing them to set various actions based on the likelihood that messages are spam; including marking, deleting, quarantining and delivering messages. It is the first solution to have adaptive spam filtering that can be tailored to suit the needs of each individual user - ideal for the medical industry, as it can receive legitimate email communication containing phrases often found in spam, such as 'prescription drugs'.

"It is vital that the hospital network is running to its optimum capacity and is not only secure from virus infection, but also from spam clogging up the network. Employee productivity is drained by constantly deleting spam, having a knock-on effect on the time sensitive communication of information," said Mike Scott, Network Manager at James Paget Hospital. "Sophos tailored PureMessage to suit our needs and the solution is easy to manage. Rather than encountering the frustration common with call centres, the assistance from Sophos's 24x7 customer support is informative and efficient."

"It is essential to any company that the network is protected from viruses and spam, but especially important to an organisation like James Paget Hospital," said David Stanley, UK general manager at Sophos. "Sophos PureMessage enables spam filtering to be tailored to the needs of the hospital, ensuring relevant emails - even those including usual spam triggers such as 'viagra' - are delivered. In addition, employees deal with highly sensitive data as a matter of course and a virus infection could have repercussions in terms of confidentiality leaks."

About James Paget Hospital

The James Paget Hospital is an acute district hospital of 520 beds, serving a population of 230,000. Also part of the Trust are two community hospital in Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft. The trust employs more than 2,500 staff with every member of staff having access to E-Mail and Internet services. With more than 1,000 desktop PCs and 85 fileservers, it has one of the largest IT infrastructures in the area.