Brisbane's CHI.L.D. Association stops spam with Sophos

June 14, 2007 Sophos Press Release

The Glenleighden School
The Glenleighden School, Australia.

Sophos, a world leader in IT security and control, has donated 50 licences of its award-winning email gateway security solution to The Association for Childhood Language and Related Disorders (CHI.L.D.), which is based in Brisbane, Australia.

CHI.L.D. was established in 1976 to assist and support children and families affected by serious childhood language and related disorders. Since its foundation, its primary activity has been the operation of The Glenleighden School in Brisbane, which is the only facility of its kind in Australia, offering an alternate program for students with severe speech language impairments.

Currently, there are 79 children enrolled in the specialised program, ranging from early childhood through to senior students, and 45 industry professionals on staff.

CHI.L.D. also operates an outreach program which provides consultative and support services for students with language difficulties across the entire state of Queensland.

According to Margot Hickey, the Development Officer for CHI.L.D., "Spam had become a major issue for us. Every day we were being inundated by spam that wasted both our time and IT resources, and many of our staff were finding the emails offensive.

"Unfortunately, we simply did not have the funding to deploy an extensive email security solution. However, through the work of our IT volunteer, we approached Sophos and they were happy to provide their licences and services to us free of charge."

Sophos's donation has proven invaluable, as the Association now has a significantly greater level of email security protection for its computer systems as well as alleviating much of the risk of young children accidentally being exposed to inappropriate email content.

Since deploying Sophos's PureMessage for Windows email security solution, the Association's employees and volunteer staff have reported a considerable drop in the number of spam emails they have received.

Margot Hickey said, "With Sophos's anti-spam solution in place, we only receive one or two unwanted emails a day, compared with upwards of 50 per day previously."

Sophos PureMessage for Windows/Exchange provides integrated gateway and message protection from spam, viruses and spyware. The solution scans all inbound, outbound and internal email messages, safely identifying up to 98% of spam. Sophos PureMessage features new HIPS technology which proactively intercepts and prevents malicious code from running, before it can cause any harm.

Acknowledging Sophos's support, Hickey said, "Engagement with the corporate community can greatly contribute to the success of a charitable organisation. When one of the world's leading IT security companies lends its support, it raises the profile of the Association and helps us continue our involvement with the community."

Commenting on the donation, Sophos's Managing Director for Asia Pacific, Rob Forsyth, said "Through our work with hundreds of schools and many universities right around Australia, Sophos has developed significant expertise in protecting students and educators against computer security threats. We were honoured when CHI.L.D. Association approached us with the opportunity to extend this experience and help support them by eradicating their email spam problems. The Association has been providing support for the community for more than 30 years and we felt we could help reward them for their ongoing contribution."