Sophos virus protection the right mix for Ministry of Sound

July 13, 2004 Sophos Press Release

Ministry of Sound
The latest album from Ministry of Sound

Automatically updated, multi-layer virus protection ensures integrity of promotional material

Sophos, a world leader in protecting businesses against viruses and spam, today announced that Ministry of Sound, the international dance brand, has installed Sophos Anti-Virus and Sophos Enterprise Manager to protect its promotional and mission critical data from virus infection automatically. Delivering software updates at hourly intervals, Enterprise Manager ensures Ministry of Sound always has up-to-date protection against the latest virus threats. As it can be set to run and update automatically, there is little impact on its IT department's time.

Following major network reconstruction, London-based Ministry of Sound, decided to replace its existing anti-virus protection, which was not sufficiently failsafe for its needs. After a month's evaluation process with Sophos, Ministry of Sound opted for its anti-virus protection due to the ease with which it could rollout security updates across its servers and 140 desktop PCs, avoiding the complicated and time-consuming manual reconfiguration of all machines.

"We are reliant on sending and receiving large volumes of promotional material by email, internet and CD, so it is crucial that we have the best available virus protection which is supported by an experienced and responsive technical team on a 24/7 basis that responds to issues rapidly," said James Bacchus, chief technology officer at Ministry of Sound. "Not only has Sophos boosted our security and cut our management overheads, its technical support team has demonstrated in-depth knowledge and understanding of its product, a refreshing change to previous call centres that I have had to liaise with."

"Ministry of Sound uses a variety of technologies to send and receive music files and merchandise information. It needed an anti-virus solution that could protect and accommodate applications including image development software, such as RIS," said David Stanley, general manager UK at Sophos. "Sophos Anti-Virus is one of the few products on the market that can support such a wide range of technologies and Enterprise Manager's automatic update function ensures that new viruses don't slip through the net."

About Enterprise Manager

Enterprise Manager is a powerful suite of management tools for Sophos Anti-Virus. It provides fully automated web-based installation and updating of Sophos Anti-Virus across a wide range of platforms and even to remote users. In practice, a network of 1,000 or more clients can be updated from a single, central computer within five minutes. Unprotected computers or those running an out-of-date version of Sophos Anti-Virus can be immediately and automatically updated.

About Ministry of Sound

Ministry of Sound is a global music entertainment brand with turnover approaching £100 million and has business interests spanning clubs, events, licensing, radio stations, the internet and is the UK's largest independent record label, selling over 30 million albums to date. Ministry of Sound is based in the UK and has interests across the world.