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28 Feb 2007

Lifestyle clothing retailer sews up spam problem

White Stuff deploys Sophos security solution to fight viruses and spam

White Stuff
White Stuff has chosen to deploy Sophos's security solution.

Sophos, a world leader in IT security and control, has announced that White Stuff, the retailer of urban and outdoor clothing for men and women, has deployed its security solutions at stores, warehouses and offices throughout the UK.

Using Sophos Anti-Virus and Sophos PureMessage for Windows Exchange, the retailer is protected against viruses, spyware, Trojans and spam both on desktop computers and at the email gateway. The solution was supplied and installed by Softcat, the company's IT software supplier.

Since the installation in late 2006, the company has seen a dramatic reduction in the amount of spam entering its email network. This has also freed up both time and resources as system administrators now spend significantly fewer hours securing the network.

White Stuff's existing software-based solution, designed to defend its PCs against malware and spam, was proving time consuming to manage. Furthermore, the company was receiving a multitude of spam messages every day and managing the anti-spam software was a time intensive process requiring considerable user input which detracted from the day-to-day work at White Stuff. Upon renewal, the software was unable to scale cost-effectively to meet the company's aggressive growth plans - deciding to replace this solution, White Stuff evaluated a number of competitive, software-based products.

Having taken White Stuff's specific business issues and experiences of their existing solution into account, Sophos's Certified partner Softcat recommended Sophos's products for their ease of installation, use and management. White Stuff was also attracted to Sophos's free-of-charge 24/7 customer support.

Sophos now protects White Stuff's employees based at its London headquarters, two warehouses in Leicester and Fareham and at a number of its retail stores. The retailer is also planning to roll out this solution to more than 80 existing stores, plus to the new shops it plans to open each year. The scalability and cost-effectiveness of this security solution was a key factor in White Stuff's decision to choose Sophos.

"Since we started using Sophos, we've seen a massive reduction in spam - saving us valuable time and IT resources," said Venn Luscombe-Mahoney, head of IT for White Stuff. "We chose Sophos because its product are simple to manage and for the company's round-the-clock support, but in the last four months we haven't even had to call once - the solution just works in the background providing regular updates and excellent protection with minimal user input."

With several remote sites and many home workers, it was important that White Stuff's IT security solutions could be centrally deployed by the head office IT team across the whole of the retailer's wide area network. Compared with the previous solution, Sophos Anti-Virus and PureMessage can be installed in a matter of minutes. They require little ongoing maintenance and do not burden the memory of individual PCs and servers.

"Regardless of size, no organisation should have to put up with spam and malware attacks. Additionally protecting against these threats should not be time-consuming and impact on the day-to-day running of the company," said Annie Gay, vice president, EMEA at Sophos. "Ensuring that anti-malware and anti-spam solutions are effective and easy to manage is especially important for small businesses where resources can be scarce and they need a solution they can trust to do the job with minimal input."

About Softcat

Softcat work on behalf of, and in partnership with, your IT department to deliver individual IT solutions.

Since inception our ethos has been to deliver enterprise class systems, service and support specifically developed for the commercial sector, this is now proven over 13 years and trusted by over 4500 regular customers. By delivering added value service to all areas of your IT management, our role is to create a partnership, enabling you to rely on our service and our ability to deliver in your timeframe the right solution competitively priced.

Our formula for success is built on the foundations of our core competencies, we deliver sound advice and solutions based around your IT Infrastructure, Software (Licensing), Security and Implementation / Support Services. Be it small commodity requirements of network cables to complete managed software asset management solutions, we have the resource and capability to deliver.

About Sophos

More than 100 million users in 150 countries rely on Sophos as the best protection against complex threats and data loss. Sophos is committed to providing complete security solutions that are simple to deploy, manage, and use and that deliver the industry's lowest total cost of ownership. Sophos offers award-winning encryption, endpoint security, web, email, mobile and network security solutions backed by SophosLabs - a global network of threat intelligence centers.

Sophos is headquartered in Boston, US and Oxford, UK. More information is available at www.sophos.com.