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University Hospital of Zurich Deploys Proofpoint for Inbound Email Security and Secure File Transfer

Feb 24, 2010
SUNNYVALE, Calif. – February 24, 2010 –Proofpoint, Inc. (, the leading provider of SaaS and on-premises email security, email archiving and data loss prevention solutions, today announced that University Hospital of Zurich (USZ), one of the largest and most important teaching hospitals in Europe, has deployed the Proofpoint Messaging Security Gateway™ email security appliance to provide inbound threat protection and secure file transfer capabilities for 7,000 user mailboxes.

University Hospital of Zurich with its 42 departments and institutes is renowned for its achievements in healthcare, research and teaching, as well as for compassionate care. It offers state-of-the-art treatment for a broad range of illnesses, provided by a dedicated team of leading consultants of the highest international standing. The hospital's philosophy is to bring together expertise and technology in the most efficient and sensitive way possible.

"USZ selected the Proofpoint Messaging Security Gateway following an evaluation of five secure email gateway vendors," said Jens Grundtvig, network security manager for University Hospital Zurich. "The combination of an easy-to-deploy appliance, ability to enforce policies for individual users and groups, the price-performance ratio and the option for secure file transfer gave Proofpoint a strong advantage over the other four suppliers."

The hospital deployed the Proofpoint appliance with a comprehensive set of mechanisms for defending employee inboxes against email-borne threats. Powered by Proofpoint MLX™ machine learning technology, Proofpoint Spam Detection™ uses more than one million structural, reputational and content attributes to identify all forms of spam with 99.8 percent or greater accuracy. Users are kept safe from the latest viruses, spyware and blended threats using a combination of both signature-based and zero-day virus defenses provided by the Proofpoint Virus Protection™ and Proofpoint Zero-Hour Anti-Virus™ solutions.

In addition to the intelligent management and elimination of spam and viruses, USZ also needed to implement controls over outbound messaging to help prevent exposure of confidential information and to enable staffers to securely send confidential healthcare information via email. Using the Proofpoint Secure File Transfer™ solution, staffers can securely send sensitive email attachments including patient data, medical test results, insurance information and other large or high-security files via email. Sensitive files are automatically uploaded to the Proofpoint Secure File Transfer appliance where they can be retrieved by recipients via a secure link, delivered via email.

"In addition to the obvious need to stop inbound threats, it is crucial for healthcare institutions to be able to communicate securely with patients and business partners," said Dean Hickman-Smith, executive vice president of worldwide sales for Proofpoint. "With solutions for policy-based encryption, data loss prevention and secure file transfer, Proofpoint is the ideal email security solution for hospitals such as USZ that need to protect confidential information and comply with a wide variety of healthcare privacy regulations."

Zurich-based Proofpoint channel partner eb-Qual AG assisted with pre-sales, evaluation and deployment support. Security specialists at eb-Qual AG recommended Proofpoint to University Hospital Zurich based on the completeness of Proofpoint's product line, expertise in delivering secure email solutions and suitability for the healthcare industry.

"Proofpoint not only offers the best anti-spam solution on the market but it's easily customizable and provides the security and compliance that University Hospital needs today, while giving them a path to add even more email capabilities as their needs evolve, " said Daniel A. Pfenninger, branch manager for eb-Qual.

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About Proofpoint, Inc.
Proofpoint secures and improves enterprise email infrastructure with solutions for email security, archiving, encryption and data loss prevention. Proofpoint solutions defend against spam and viruses, prevent leaks of confidential and private information, encrypt sensitive emails and archive messages for retention, e-discovery and easier mailbox management. Proofpoint solutions can be deployed on-demand (SaaS) on-premises (appliance), or in a hybrid architecture for maximum flexibility and scalability. For more information, please visit

About University Hospital Zurich
University Hospital Zurich is one of the largest and most important teaching hospitals in Europe. With its 42 departments and institutes, the hospital is renowned for its achievements in health care, research and teaching, as well as for compassionate care. It offers state-of-the-art treatment for a broad range of illnesses, provided by a dedicated team of leading consultants of the highest international standing.

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