NECS first began to migrate their McAfee endpoints to Sophos in December 2016, working alongside Sophos Platinum Partner and UKI Healthcare Partner of the Year 2017, ITHealth. The NECS team were also exploring ways to implement a single console to manage IT security and turned to Nottingham-based ITHealth for advice on this, as well as for ways of scaling and futureproofing their solutions as the organisation took on new customers. In addition, they were working towards the Government standard, Cyber Essentials Plus.
Soon after an initial consultation, ITHealth presented the NECS team with a complete proposal covering a wide range of consolidated IT solutions. What followed was the largest ever public sector deal carried out by Sophos, with NECS buying Advanced Endpoint Protection (antivirus), Sophos Unified Threat Management (UTM) including web, email, Wi-Fi, firewall and web services protection, Mobile Device Management, Intercept X (anti-ransomware and antiexploit), and wraparound services.
According to NECS’ IT Security Manager, Alison Emslie: “We migrated eight different antivirus environments into a single Sophos Enterprise Console and we will soon be switching this to cloud-based Sophos Central. We deployed Intercept X across our estate just before the WannaCry ransomware virus hit the NHS, so we were highly protected. Sophos and ITHealth have been brilliant and thankfully we were one step ahead.”
NECS is also using Sophos UTMs across its GP surgeries to provide Wi-Fi services to the public, and mobile device management for 600 staff devices, making it easier to manage mobile phone access and upgrades.