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The Northern Ireland Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety sought to defend the Health and Personal Social Services (HPSS) computer networks against viruses, spam, Trojans, worms and spyware.

As use of email and web services increases, DIS felt it vital that health service organisations ensure the integrity of their systems. A licence for anti-virus software firm Sophos’ products now covers the Department’s Directorate of Information Systems (DIS) and 27 HPSS sites, for three years. DIS has extended its licence to include email gateway protection for each of the HPSS sites. Selected sites are also deploying Sophos’s secure messaging product PureMessage at the email gateway. Kieran McConville, HPSS Network Manager at DIS, said: “We were impressed with the level of network protection offered by Sophos, as well as the company’s commitment to customer service and support. Ensuring the security of electronic service delivery is paramount – Sophos’s email gateway and spam protection provide an important part of the measures required to secure the integrity of sensitive information.”


The licence was provided by Foursys, Sophos’s UK Partner of the Year for 2005. Following the installation, Sophos business partner Foursys has provided ongoing workshop training and support for IT administrators at DIS, who can also take advantage of Sophos’s own customer support service.

"By opting for Sophos’s full range of products and extending its licence to cover email gateways, DIS has deployed a cost-effective solution that will give it comprehensive protection from all manner of internet and email related threats," added Paul Prior, managing director at Foursys.

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