Sophos Anti-Virus provides essential security learning for tomorrow's network administrators

July 02, 2002 Sophos Press Release

TAFE sponsorship helps IT students gain enterprise anti-virus software experience in the classroom

Sophos, a world leader in corporate anti-virus protection, has announced it is sponsoring TAFE NSW - South Western Sydney Institute. The unique software sponsorship at the institute allows students to conduct their security and network learning with live Sophos Anti-Virus software and gain valuable technical experience with network administered software.

The courses using Sophos software include:

  • Certificate III and IV in Information Technology (Network Administration)
  • Certificate III and IV in Information Technology (Network Management)
  • Certificate IV Information Technology (Technical Support)

Sophos has provided anti-virus software for the students' computer labs at the Institutes' Wetherill Park, Miller, Macquarie Fields, Campbelltown, Granville and Liverpool colleges. The sponsorship includes licences for all multiple server and client platforms within the labs., monthly software updates, 24x7 technical support and email notification of new virus identities.

"It is a challenge across all education institutions to provide up-to-the-minute content for technology courses," said Mr Gary Amesbury, Head Teacher of Information Technology at Wetherill Park College. "Sophos Anti-Virus enables students to install and update anti-virus software across a network as they would for any real business. The software satisfies both the security and network elements essential to each syllabus, giving students the opportunity to work with current software not usually available to them."

The TAFE colleges were previously using standalone anti-virus software. Sophos software not only provides students with valuable hands-on anti-virus learning, it also enables them to gain the skills required to complete their coursework including: setting up network software; analysing and rectifying problems on a network; as well as optimising and maintaining a networked system.

Sophos Anti-Virus enables students to take advantage of automatic and manual virus updates. The software is also an ideal resource for students to produce basic training and helpdesk management documentation, as part of their end-of-semester projects.

"More than ever, network security is taking an increasing share of the corporate budget," said Mr Stuart Palmer Managing Director of Sophos Australia and New Zealand. "Our sponsorship helps ensure that the 300 IT students that graduate from South Western Sydney Institute each year will leave with quantifiable skills and a qualification that prepares them for corporate IT environments."