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07 Nov 2006

Flybe looks to Sophos to make malware and spam take flight

New combined software and hardware approach reduces anti-virus costs by 45 percent

Flybe, one of Europe's leading low-cost airlines, is protected by Sophos against malware and spam.

Sophos, a world leader in IT security, today announced that Flybe, one of Europe's leading low-cost airlines, is deploying its security solutions across more than 30 sites, in order to reduce exposure to emerging threats and simplify security management. Scheduled for completion in December 2006, the rollout will benefit 1,600 Flybe employees, giving them protection against the threats of malware, adware and spam. This move has already enabled the company to reduce its anti-virus spend by 45 percent.

With more than five million passengers flying with Flybe each year, protecting confidential information and ensuring the smooth running of day-to-day operations is vital. In addition, due to the online nature of the business, Flybe receives approximately 40,000 spam emails and 800 virus infected emails per week. Consequently, the company undertakes regular reviews of its IT security systems, in order to remain fully up-to-date and secured against the latest threats.

Following a recent review, Flybe decided to deploy Sophos's email security appliance ES4000 at the email gateway, combined with Sophos Anti-Virus 6.0 on employees' desktops and Sophos PureMessage on the email servers, providing a multi-layered security solution. The Sophos solution ensures that spam and virus infected emails are now successfully blocked before they reach users' desktops. Flybe is also trialling Sophos's new Application Control functionality to control the use of unauthorised applications on its network, and is looking to deploy Sophos Client Firewall in the near future, to provide a further layer of protection.

"Like any modern business, we're heavily reliant on IT systems throughout the company, from taking bookings to flying the aircraft, so it's vital that these systems cannot be compromised," said Chris Cooper, IT security manager at Flybe. "Thanks to the Sophos solution, we're able to ensure that customer data is secured to the very highest standard, while the simple, effective management system has enabled us to automate many key tasks, which has resulted in a significant reduction in IT security administration and spend."

Flybe had previously been using IT security software from McAfee, however it made the decision to switch to Sophos based on the company's best-of-breed malware and spam protection and Sophos's integrated Enterprise Console management system. As well as cost reductions, this has allowed the company both to quickly deploy and subsequently manage the product across its network with minimal resources.

"As more and more organisations adopt an online business model, they simply cannot afford to suffer any security breaches, as it will damage customer confidence and impact on sales," said Stuart Small, UK sales and marketing director at Sophos. "Sophos's IT security solutions are designed to give these companies peace of mind, by providing comprehensive protection without causing a drain on resources."

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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