Education initiative improves IT security at 1,000 schools within six months

November 18, 1998 Sophos Press Release

'Safe Data Education' campaign from Sophos hailed a success as schools sign up to security

1,000 schools in the UK have now installed anti-virus software following Sophos's 'Safe Data Education' campaign rolled out earlier this year.

The scheme, launched only six months ago, offers schools the opportunity to purchase anti-virus protection for £1 per licence. It was introduced in response to the government's 'Internet For All' pledge and provides schools and colleges with a comprehensive security policy, through the installation of site-wide Educational Anti-Virus Licences.

"I have seen computer viruses and the damage they can do," said Sally Craigen, headteacher of Lemington First School, the 1,000th school to sign up to the Sophos campaign. "We now store the majority of our pupil records on PCs. At only £1 per licence, it's not hard to justify the cost of protection."

"The long-term price schools would have to pay if they lost data would be horrendous," said Helen Cavanagh, general advisor (ICT) at Newcastle LEA. "Computer security is an area I'm sure many headteachers had not fully considered before, but one they should have some knowledge about. Sophos has not only raised awareness of this issue, but also made protection financially feasible."

"We have been absolutely delighted by the success of our campaign," said Petra Merne, marketing manager at Sophos. "Now that Blair has announced extra funding for the National Grid for Learning campaign, it's more important than ever that IT firms inform schools that surfing the Net can have negative consequences."