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26 Jul 2006

Sophos provides easy-to-manage IT security solution for Johnston Press

New email security appliance protects 9,000 users against computer threats

Computers at the newspaper publisher will be protected against viruses and spam by Sophos
Computers at the newspaper publisher will be protected against viruses and spam by Sophos.

Johnston Press, the UK's second largest publisher of regional newspapers, has overhauled its IT defenses with the deployment of a suite of solutions from Sophos. The publisher has deployed Sophos's new ES4000 email security applianceSophos Anti-Virus and PureMessage for Windows/Exchange to protect its 9,000 users across more than 250 locations from computer threats.

Johnston Press owns and operates 301 titles and more than 250 internet sites, which currently receive 45 million monthly page impressions, while the organization handles approximately 148,000 incoming and outbound emails per day.

Recognizing the increasing threat posed by viruses, Trojans, spyware and spam, Johnston Press decided to upgrade its existing security software to a consolidated single-vendor solution, providing protection against all malware. The solution needed to be centrally administrated to protect its 9,000 users based in offices ranging from fewer than ten employees to those with between 600-700 staff.

After evaluating several product offerings from leading IT security specialists, Johnston press opted for Sophos's combined hardware and software approach, based on the performance, reliability and ease of management offered by both the ES4000 and software solutions.

"As many of our sites operate around the clock, we needed a solution that would give us peace of mind and leave us free to get on with our core activity of providing the news for local communities," said Roger Davies, group IT director at Johnston Press. "Sophos constantly monitors the appliance, and ensures that it automatically receives up-to-the minute protection updates. Sophos was also able to fulfil our other main requirements - remote deployment of the anti-virus software on desktops, and the ability to control the solution from a central location."

Johnston Press has deployed two ES4000 appliances at its data centres to scan all incoming and outgoing mail for viruses, spyware, Trojans and spam. Sophos Anti-Virus protects all desktop users within the organisation, while PureMessage has been installed on the exchange servers to scan internal mail and intercept any email malware that was present before the introduction of the ES4000.

The ES4000 has minimised the number of false positives, and provides Johnston Press with Quarantine Digest emails twice a day, giving users the power to release any messages held in quarantine - vital in a media company to ensure that potential news leads do not go unmissed. Johnston Press also plans to upgrade its endpoint security software to the newest version of Sophos Anti-Virus v6.0.

"We've already had considerable success with the ES4000, which is appealing to enterprises that require powerful email security protection with minimal impact on bandwidth," said Stuart Small, UK sales and marketing director at Sophos. "Johnston Press now has a high capacity solution which protects against IT security threats, and can be easily tailored to meet future needs."

About Johnston Press

Johnston Press PLC is a major publisher of quality local newspapers and local internet sites, basing its publishing philosophy on local service to local communities. Johnston Press publish local newspapers and internet sites produced by local teams of people who have a dedicated commitment to producing local news and information that both inform and reflect the important issues of the communities they serve, thus encouraging loyal, committed and valuable readers and internet users. For more information, please visit

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