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