Auto dealer opts for blended security across two states

Gateway protection for 1200 users

Perth-based Automotive Holdings Group (AHG) has ditched its Trend Micro PC Cillin e-mail solution for a blended anti-spam and firewall gateway solution to protect its 1200 users in Western Australia and Victoria.

The automotive dealer has 86 franchises across Australia and New Zealand which sell cars, parts and service, as well as finance and insurance.

It also operates a logistics division which has businesses in the warehousing, transport and distribution sectors.

AHG CIO Eugene Kavanagh went out looking for a replacement anti-spam solution to be deployed across the whole enterprise including servers, PCs, laptops, and e-mail accounts.

"AHG's core requirement was for a cross-platform endpoint security solution that would protect the integrity of our data without compromise, but it also had to be configurable and managable from a centralised location," Kavanagh said.

The company selected the anti-spam component after it purchased Sophos' anti-virus and anti-spam package, and chose to sideline the suite's anti-virus component in exchange for its existing MailMarshall anti-virus tool.

The company maintained the pre-installed software because it had built a string of e-mail policies which the application uses to deep scan e-mails for malicious content.

Kavanagh said the company evaluated a number of competing solutions before selecting the Sophos kit.

"One of the features that made our decision was the local support; knowing that technical support is only an Australian phone call away is something we value," he said.

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