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Sophos virus protection the right mix for Ministry of Sound

  • 14 July, 2004 16:56

<p>Automatically updated, multi-layer virus protection ensures integrity of promotional material</p>
<p>Sophos, a world leader in protecting businesses against viruses and spam, has announced that Ministry of Sound, the international dance brand, has installed Sophos Anti-Virus and Sophos Enterprise Manager to protect its promotional and mission critical data from virus infection automatically.</p>
<p>Delivering software updates at hourly intervals, Enterprise Manager ensures Ministry of Sound always has up-to-date protection against the latest virus threats. As it can be set to run and update automatically, there is little impact on its IT department's time.</p>
<p>Following major network reconstruction, London-based Ministry of Sound, decided to replace its existing anti-virus protection, which was not sufficiently failsafe for its needs. After a month's evaluation process with Sophos, Ministry of Sound opted for its anti-virus protection due to the ease with which it could rollout security updates across its servers and 140 desktop PCs, avoiding the complicated and time-consuming manual reconfiguration of all machines.</p>
<p>"We are reliant on sending and receiving large volumes of promotional material by email, internet and CD, so it is crucial that we have the best available virus protection which is supported by an experienced and responsive technical team on a 24/7 basis that responds to issues rapidly," said James Bacchus, chief technology officer at Ministry of Sound. "Not only has Sophos boosted our security and cut our management overheads, its technical support team has demonstrated in-depth knowledge and understanding of its product, a refreshing change to previous call centres that I have had to liaise with."</p>
<p>"Ministry of Sound uses a variety of technologies to send and receive music files and merchandise information. It needed an anti-virus solution that could protect and accommodate applications including image development software, such as RIS," said David Stanley, general manager UK at Sophos. "Sophos Anti-Virus is one of the few products on the market that can support such a wide range of technologies and Enterprise Manager's automatic update function ensures that new viruses don't slip through the net."</p>
<p>About Enterprise Manager
Enterprise Manager is a powerful suite of management tools for Sophos Anti-Virus. It provides fully automated web-based installation and updating of Sophos Anti-Virus across a wide range of platforms and even to remote users. In practice, a network of 1,000 or more clients can be updated from a single, central computer within five minutes. Unprotected computers or those running an out-of-date version of Sophos Anti-Virus can be immediately and automatically updated.</p>
<p>About Ministry of Sound
Ministry of Sound is a global music entertainment brand with turnover approaching £100 million and has business interests spanning clubs, events, licensing, radio stations, the internet and is the UK's largest independent record label, selling over 30 million albums to date. Ministry of Sound is based in the UK and has interests across the world.</p>
<p>About Sophos
Sophos is a world leading specialist developer of anti-virus and anti-spam software. Sophos is headquartered in the UK and protects all types of organisations, including small- to medium-sized businesses, large corporations, banks, governments and educational institutions against viruses and spam. The company is acclaimed for delivering the highest level of customer satisfaction and protection in the industry. Sophos's products, backed by 24 hour support are sold and supported in more than 150 countries.</p>
<p>Sophos's regional head office for Australia and New Zealand is in Sydney and hosts one of the company's three Computer Virus Research and Development Laboratories to provide global support services.</p>
Rob Forsyth ( is available for comment:
+61 2 9409 9100 (tel)
+61 417 234 176 (mobile)</p>
<p>Sophos's press contact at Gotley Nix Evans is:
Michael Henderson (
+61 2 9957 5555 (tel)
+61 413 054 738 (mobile)</p>

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