Leicester City Football Club strikes winning goal against email threats

January 22, 2004 - 12:00

Leicester City FC, an English Premiership football club, struggled to maintain secure network management practices until it discovered the email security tools offered by GFI. The club now enjoys a secure network environment, free of email viruses, threats and spam, through the deployment of the GFI MailSecurity and GFI MailEssentials bundle, which provides email content security and anti-spam protection for Exchange Server and other SMTP mail servers. Details are featured in a new case study issued by GFI.

Yusuf Denath, Leicester City FC’s Business Systems and IT Manager, pointed out that prior to this deployment, the company felt “exposed and vulnerable”. “Mail relaying was becoming a problem and so was the increasing threat of viruses spreading freely across the network. IT resources were stretched to the limit, and managing a network became frustrating and made inefficient use of IT time,” he said.

Not just any solution
Leicester City FC decided to purchase a server-based email content security and anti-spam protection solution – however, not just any solution would do. Mr. Denath specified that the product they were seeking had to meet various criteria. Among others, the solution had to be easy to set up and manage, and be able to run unattended.

The club opted for the GFI MailSecurity/MailEssentials bundle to meet its needs, the free trial version having enabled Leicester City FC to test the software fully before purchasing.

Describing the product’s key benefits, Mr. Denath said: "We are now less susceptible to incoming viruses and enjoy better use of IT time as well as improved user relations. The products are out of sight but definitely not out of mind. Threats of infections are minimized and our content filtering and monitoring by file types has improved."

The full case study may be viewed at http://www.gfi.com/mailsecurity/lcfc_cstdy.htm.

About GFI MailSecurity for Exchange/SMTP
GFI MailSecurity for Exchange/SMTP is an email content checking, exploit detection, threats analysis and antivirus solution that removes all types of email-borne threats before they can affect an organization's email users. GFI MailSecurity's key features include multiple virus engines, to guarantee higher detection rate and faster response to new viruses; email content and attachment checking, to quarantine dangerous attachments and content; an exploit shield, to protect against present and future viruses based on exploits (e.g., Nimda, Bugbear); an HTML threats engine, to disable HTML scripts; a Trojan & Executable Scanner, to detect malicious executables; and more.

About GFI MailEssentials for Exchange/SMTP
GFI MailEssentials for Exchange/SMTP offers spam protection at server level and eliminates the need to install and update anti-spam software on each desktop. GFI MailEssentials offers a fast set-up and a high spam detection rate using Bayesian analysis and other methods - no configuration required, very low false positives through its automatic whitelist, and the ability to automatically adapt to the email environment to constantly tune and improve spam detection. GFI MailEssentials also adds key email tools to the mail server such as disclaimers, reporting, mail archiving and monitoring, server-based auto replies and POP3 downloading.

About GFI
GFI is a leading software developer that provides a single source for network administrators to address their network security, content security and messaging needs. With award-winning technology, an aggressive pricing strategy and a strong focus on small-to-medium sized businesses, GFI is able to satisfy the need for business continuity and productivity encountered by organizations on a global scale. GFI has offices in the US, Malta, UK, Hong Kong and Australia which support more than 200,000 installations worldwide. GFI is a channel-focused company with over 10,000 partners worldwide. GFI is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner. More information about GFI can be found at http://www.gfi.com.