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17 Oct 2005

Sophos defends War Child's IT infrastructure

War Child chooses Sophos to protect its sprawling network

War Child
War Child provides help to children affected by war.

War Child, the registered charity that works to ensure the welfare of thousands of infant war victims across the world, has deployed Sophos Anti-Virus with Sophos PureMessage for Windows/Exchange to protect the company's desktops and email gateway from spam, viruses, Trojans and spyware. The system was provided and installed by Sophos's partner, Octavia Information Systems, which has a long-standing relationship with War Child.

Virus and spam control had not previously been a high priority for War Child because of limited funds, but it became obvious that there were serious security holes and vulnerabilities in its infrastructure. More than 40% of its licenses are for remote use, and office-based employees work in a shared office space, which causes further logistical challenges for security solutions.

A quarter of War Child's employees are based in the UK, while the rest work overseas. Octavia worked closely with War Child's sole IT specialist to determine its requirements. Together they quickly recognised the need for a low maintenance security system that could be trusted to operate effectively across its expansive global infrastructure, without the need for on-site expertise.

"Octavia strongly advised us of the need to take action - our network clearly required a security boost and Sophos was the obvious choice," said Julian Carrera, a spokesperson from War Child. "Its reputation for protecting remote systems was a particular pull as our sprawling network is spread across the world. The discount it offers charities was also a consideration. The seamless transition to a secure infrastructure was impressively implemented by Octavia, and we are delighted with our new network efficiency."

War Child is deploying Sophos's anti-virus and anti-spyware protection on its desktop servers and remote computers while Sophos's integrated virus, spam and spyware protection, PureMessage, will filter its email at the gateway. This multi-tier protection against emerging threats can be easily managed and incorporates virus, spam and spyware detection, policy enforcement and content management. With more that 1,000 new threats now appearing in a typical month and over 50% of emails considered to be spam, the need for comprehensive protection has never been greater.

"We have built up a solid reputation with War Child and recognised its need for a scaleable solution which allows customers to purchase individual licenses as and when necessary," said Jerome Mohamed, Flexisupport business development manager at Octavia Information Systems. "Sophos facilitates this requirement, and this will enable War Child to build up its infrastructure slowly but steadily. Encouraged by us, War Child has undergone a full network upgrade and we are pleased as punch with its new network efficiency and security. "

War Child will receive ongoing support from Octavia's partner, Flexisupport.

About War Child

War Child is a network of independent organisations working across the world to help children affected by war. Its aim is to bring about peace through giving hope and protection to children caught up in the horrors of war. War Child UK is specialised in emergency relief projects and development projects, as well as projects centred on communications and education and the provision of safe, mine-free areas for children to play. More information at

About Octavia Information Systems

Octavia Information Systems is a multi-disciplined IT solutions company, delivering a high quality service in software development, web solutions, network and system services, system support and consultancy and IT training. Based in the UK, Octavia was founded in 1998 and has enjoyed considerable growth ever since, delivering viable IT solutions to both commercial and public sector organisations. More information 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