Ipswich Hospital is protecting its computers with Sophos.
IT security and control firm Sophos today announced that it is
delivering protection against spam, viruses, spyware and other
forms of malware to Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust. Providing
healthcare services to nearly half a million people, Ipswich
Hospital has selected Sophos
Enterprise Security and Control to defend 3500 staff accounts
from both email and web-based malware as well as the rising tide of
spam email messages.
New research from Sophos finds one new
infected webpage every five seconds, up from one in fifteen
seconds in 2007 - ninety percent of which are found on legitimate
but infected websites. These sharp increases in web-based attacks
are a grave concern for organizations such as Ipswich Hospital
which are responsible for protecting large amounts of sensitive
Before switching to Sophos for their email and web protection,
Ipswich Hospital were running products from Bluecoat, Clearswift
and SurfControl, as well as Sophos's desktop and server offering.
Upon renewal, the hospital reviewed its entire network security
infrastructure and opted to fulfil all its security requirements
with Sophos. The NHS Trust implemented the ES4000 email
and WS1000 web
appliances, as well as upgrading its protection for desktops,
laptops, file servers and mobile devices with Sophos's
Endpoint Security and Control.
"From an efficiency point of view, it was vital that we deployed
a simple, easy to use but comprehensive solution," said Karl
Kroger, senior technical support specialist at Ipswich Hospital NHS
Trust. "Having had a good experience with Sophos endpoint
protection software, the common interface with the additional
gateway products means that all our security is now controlled in a
much more intelligible way."
Delivering trusted content security and URL filtering in a
single appliance, the WS1000 ensures a secure web browsing
experience for Ipswich Hospital, as it protects against all forms
of malware and productivity threats, and is automatically updated
every couple of minutes with the latest threat defenses.
Handling up to 80,000 messages an hour, the ES4000 features an
intuitive web-based interface, automated security updates and
remotely monitors and alerts IT staff at the NHS Trust to any
issues - greatly minimizing administration time.
"A highlight of this project was the support we received from
Sophos," continued Kroger. "We were able to install the new Sophos
gateway products on a free trial basis alongside the previous
solutions, making the switch over very quick and very smooth. But,
what really stood out, was how competitive Sophos was, beating the
other solutions we looked at by some margin."
"In recent months, the UK has suffered from a number of
high-profile data breaches involving public and government
authorities," said Andrew Bradshaw, VP at Sophos UK. "It's
important that all organizations realize the severity of a
compromised network, which threatens public confidence and
potentially serves up sensitive information to hackers. With more
sophisticated security threats on the rise, institutions such as
Ipswich Hospital would do well to protect each layer of their
network with simple, yet powerful solutions."