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24 Oct 2005

Sophos cooks up a security solution for Aga Foodservice Group

Aga Foodservice Group Plc picks Sophos over competitors to protect its network

Aga's networks are defended from malware by Sophos.

Aga Foodservice Group (AFG), the producer of premium range cookers and refrigerators for the domestic, commercial and bakery markets, has deployed Sophos Anti-Virus and PureMessage to defend its networks against viruses, Trojans, worms and malicious spyware. The system was provided and installed by Sophos partner, faIT UK.

Despite having 4,000 employees worldwide and around 1,400 workstations in the UK, AFG's IT operations are predominantly subcontracted. The company recognized the need for a low maintenance security system that could be trusted to operate effectively across its extensive infrastructure, without the need for on-site expertise. Sophos fought off the competition to emerge as AFG's new security provider, with its offering of a high-performance solution that would prove simple to operate across the board.

"We already used Sophos Anti-Virus and PureMessage at one site and had been very impressed with its ease of manageability," said Dave Hounslow, Group IT manager. "When I was invited by faIT to Sophos headquarters, I was able to see how impressive the whole operation is and I knew that the Group's security would be in good hands. Even though Sophos is an international company, we still felt that we could knock on its door for any support we might need."

AFG is deploying Sophos Anti-Virus on its desktop computers and PureMessage at its email gateway. This multi-tier protection against emerging threats can be easily managed and incorporates virus detection, policy enforcement and content management. With more than 1,000 new viruses now appearing in a typical month, AFG also chose Sophos's solutions for their quick and convenient automatic updating capabilities.

"As with many companies AFG does not have a large on-site IT team," said Don Finley managing director of faIT UK. "Because each of its subsidiaries work independently, they all have slightly different network configurations, making it a potentially complex infrastructure to manage without a viable solution. The flexibility of Sophos's products, together with their robust security, made them an ideal match for AFG's needs."

About Aga Foodservice Group

Aga Foodservice Group is a producer of premium range cookers and refrigerators for the domestic, commercial and bakery markets and is a home interiors retailer. Its consumer brands include Aga, Rayburn, La Cornue, Rangemaster, Fired Earth, Grange and Domain. More information on their website at

About faIT

faIT UK is a leading IT consultancy, providing local and wide area network solutions to a wide range of businesses. faIT takes best of breed and industry leading products such as Sophos Anti-Virus, IBM servers, Microsoft software, Cisco routers and firewalls and Gold-Vision CRM amongst others to deliver a complete end-to-end solution. More information on their website at

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