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08 May 2006

The Reef Hotel Casino makes a safe bet with Sophos

Reef Hotel Casino
The Reef Hotel Casino is protected by Sophos products.

Sophos, a world leader in integrated threat management solutions, today announced that The Reef Hotel Casino, Australia, has selected Sophos's award-winning security suite to provide protection against viruses, spyware, spam and email policy abuse.

Located in Cairns, North Queensland, The Reef Hotel Casino is owned by the ASX-listed Reef Casino Trust and features a five-star Hotel with 128 rooms managed by Sofitel. For the year-ended December 2005, The Reef Casino Trust recorded a net profit of AU$14.8 million.

The Reef Hotel Casino employs 500 staff and will use Sophos Anti-Virus to protect its 120 workstations and 10 Windows servers. The company will also deploy Sophos PureMessage to protect its email gateway.

Sophos's integrated solutions will assist The Reef Hotel Casino in maintaining a high standard of corporate compliance, by providing protection for the Casino's sensitive information such as guest information, credit card details, employee and shareholder records.

The Reef Hotel Casino's IT Manager, Scott Harris, said that they recognized the need for a low maintenance and centrally managed security system that could be trusted to operate effectively across its infrastructure. After completing a 30-day trial, Harris says he is already experiencing the benefits of being a Sophos customer.

"Right from the word go, the ease of access we had to Sophos's experienced technical staff was a standout service that we have never experienced before with other vendors."

Harris said that the integrated anti-spam and anti-virus protection, multi-platform functionality, central administration and outstanding support offered by Sophos were the key differentiators in its decision to change security software vendors.

"With Sophos we experienced a very smooth installation. Once everything was up and running, Sophos's automatic updates immediately kicked in, and we have noticed a significant decrease in network traffic due to the small size of these hourly downloads compared with those of other vendors we have used previously."

The Reef Hotel Casino is currently rolling out Sophos's solutions across its entire network. Harris said that once this is complete the company will take advantage of Sophos's licence that extends protection to the home PCs of its employees.

Sophos's managing director for Asia Pacific, Rob Forsyth, said, "The Reef Hotel Casino has made the winning bet with Sophos and they join the rapidly growing legion of Sophos customers that are gaining significant value from our solutions."

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.

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