Sophos helps Merseyside police lay down the law against viruses

May 11, 2005 Sophos Press Release

Sophos, a world leader in protecting businesses against spam and viruses, has announced that Merseyside Police is using Sophos's SAV Interface to secure its IT systems. Merseyside Police, which is responsible for serving and protecting the Greater Merseyside area, including Wirral, Sefton, Knowsley, St Helens and Liverpool, has implemented SAV Interface at its email gateway in order to provide the highest level of protection against the throng of email threats, including viruses, worms, Trojans, and spyware.

Sophos experts report that approximately one third of all new viruses discovered contain code which allows remote hackers to gain access to a computer's data and resources, so securing access to data is a top priority. Any tampered data could jeopardise criminal investigations as well as undermine public trust.

Merseyside Police required a solution that would provide optimal defence against virus attacks. Because Merseyside Police is funded by the community, the solution had to be cost-effective without compromising on quality.

The system was provided by Sophos partner MSDL.

"Security is a top priority for all of our customers, but with a modern, urban police force expectations are especially high," said Mike Robinson, Systems Development Manager, MSDL. "Sophos's SAV Interface provides the level of security that clients such as this demand, and after careful evaluation of competing products, it was determined that Sophos best met Merseyside Police's criteria."

SAV Interface enables users of third-party applications to benefit from high-speed integration with the Sophos virus detection engine. The product sits at the gateway where it checks all traffic that enters or leaves via the email stream where it can be configured to either disinfect, delete or quarantine infected attachments - a vital tool considering that the latest data from SophosLabs shows that 1 in 38 emails are viral (April 2005).

"Sophos SAV Interface scans 20 to 30 times quicker than traditional virus scanners and uses Genotype™ technology to protect against new versions of virus families before specific identification is available," said Stuart Small, UK sales and marketing director for Sophos. "This provides the sort of quick, effective protection that today's security conscious organisations require."