Success Stories – Security Solutions for Jackson Stops & Staff with Sophos UTM

Success Stories – Security Solutions for Jackson Stops & Staff with Sophos UTM

Customer at a Glance

Jackson Stops & Staff


Property Management


Over 150 users across 13 sites


Urban Network Customer

Since 2005

Jackson-Stops & Staff are specialists in prime residential property with a national network of over 40 offices.

Towards the end of 2015, the largest consortium of Jackson Stops & Staff began a review of their security systems. The existing hardware solution had been in place for over 5 years and the leadership agreed that a more robust solution was required to address today’s security threats.

With a distributed network, spanning over 13 regional sites within London and South East, and a user base that frequently roams throughout the organisation, security, uptime and resilience were key requirements.

Business Challenge

In the run up to 2016, Jackson-Stops & Staff migrated a number of Line of Business applications out to the Cloud.

This change of business process and how users access applications placed considerable strain on the throughput capabilities of the existing firewalls.

These ageing units were not able to manage, control and secure the growing number of users and traffic that was being generated by them

In addition to this, a number of intrusion attempts to the corporate network highlighted its vulnerability, and the inability of the existing firewalls to provide the level of continuous protection required.

The Solutions

Urban Network proposed an integrated security solution, powered by Sophos, a Magic Quadrant Leader at Gartner for Unified Threat Management. The solution protects customer’s network using multi-layered proven protection technologies including Advanced Threat Protection (ATP), IPS, VPN, email and web filtering.

We experienced no disruption to our daily operations, Urban Network kept us up to date throughout the process; we always knew what was happening and when it was going to happen. Now the project is complete, we are confident that we have better levels of security and greater visibility of the network.

Law Clark

Group Operations Manager, Jackson-Stops & Staff

Business Results

The solution has allowed for the Jackson-Stops & Staff to provide resilience into each site with multiple routes available, keeping productivity of their teams at optimum levels.

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Urban Network obtains Sophos MSP Connect accreditations

Urban Network obtains Sophos MSP Connect accreditations

We are delighted to announce that Urban Network has obtained the Sophos Managed Service Provider (MSP) Connect accreditations, one of only five companies in the UK currently with this status.

With constant emerging threats and the enormous business costs associated with data breaches, it is important for us to further strengthen our security portfolio and provide tailored services that address the latest threat trends and security risks affecting our customers.

As a certified Sophos MSP Connect Partner, Urban Network can now offer a comprehensive portfolio of security services to secure endpoint, email, web, mobile, wireless, network/firewall, and servers. Our customers can now benefit from an integrated security solution via the Sophos ground-breaking Security Heartbeat technology, sharing threat intelligence in real time across a trusted channel between endpoint and firewall.

Sophos MSP Connect Partner IT Security portfolio

Perry Ashby, CEO of Urban Network commented “Urban Network will be able to continue its commitment of bringing best practice technology architecture to our clients, with security solutions that are scalable, comprehensive and cost effective.”

Sophos is a recognised Gartner Magic Quadrant leader in next-gen security, and now as an MSP partner, we can leverage that expertise to provide you with top of the line security, lower operating costs, and improved operational efficiency.

To find out more and see where we can add value, please contact us.

Meet us at SOPHOS Partner Conference & Global Awards 2016

Meet us at SOPHOS Partner Conference & Global Awards 2016

This April the Urban Network team will head to the annual Sophos Partner Conference and Global Awards ceremony in Cannes on the French Riviera. With Urban Network having selected SOPHOS UTM devices for our Portfolio in 2015, we have achieved great success in providing these solutions to our customers, old and new, which has been recognised by SOPHOS, and perhaps an award could be coming our way?

SOPHOS are at the leading edge of the IT security realm and are consistently present as Leaders in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for their security solutions. As well as learning more of the roadmap for the product suite, our representatives will also be able to discover new techniques and solutions to protect our customers, with insights provided by some of the World’s foremost specialists in security. Urban Network are delighted to be attending this event, and bringing new and exciting initiatives back to our business allowing us to strengthen our customers IT estates. We hope to be able to develop our solutions to stay at the cutting edge of IT security, bringing the techniques and solutions we learn from our partners at SOPHOS directly to our customers.

Urban Network and Sophos announce new channel partnership

Urban Network and Sophos announce new channel partnership

London – June 30, 2015 – Urban Network, a London-based IT Managed Service Provider has today announced a new channel partnership with Sophos, a global IT security leader, to deliver Sophos Unified Threat Management (UTM) as its sole UTM solution. This collaboration is allowing Urban Network to further improve the security of its customers by adding the multi-layered protection technologies provided by Sophos UTM. These include Advanced Threat Protection (ATP), IPS, VPN, email and web filtering.

“The Sophos product portfolio represents enterprise class IT security at every network layer, and we are excited to be able to deliver this kind of best of breed technology to our clients,”said Perry Ashby, CEO of Urban Network. “By choosing Sophos, Urban Network will be able to continue its commitment of bringing best practice technology architecture to our clients, with a security solution that is scalable, comprehensive and cost effective.”

Jonathan Bartholomew, Channel Director, Sophos, added: “Sophos is delighted that Urban Network has chosen Sophos to be their sole network security partner and we look forward to working with the team to further develop their network security business and to bring the benefits of Sophos UTM to their customers. Urban Network are a true Managed Service Provider, supporting every aspect of their customers’ business, so they are a fantastic fit with Sophos’ own mission to make security simple, both for our partners and for our end users”