Casino bets on antivirus upgrade to cut traffic

Cairns-based Reef Hotel Casino has signed a site licence for its workstations and Windows servers to run Sophos PureMessage and Anti-Virus.

Previously the North Queensland hotel had been running solutions from McAfee and Symantec; however, workstation and server loads led the company to consider alternatives.

According to Reef Hotel Casino IT manager Scott Harris, the main selling point for the Sophos solution was that it cut load on workstations. It was a bonus that the package offered free home use for staff.

Reef Hotel Casino currently employs 500 people, who can all download signatures for home PCs from the hotel's Web site.

Harris said previous anti-virus solutions also caused issues when performing nightly data backups; Sophos also runs hourly signature updates means less strain placed on network resources.

"What we have done is copy the anti-virus updates on our company network so staff can download signature updates directly rather than connecting to our network," Harris said.

"We have noticed a significant decrease in network traffic due to the small size of hourly downloads compared with those [previously]," Harris said.

Reef Hotel Casino, which undertook a 30-day trial two months ago, has gone live with a site licence for 120 workstations and 10 Windows servers.

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