Sophos's effective, cost-sensitive anti-virus, anti-spam and
policy enforcement solutions meet the unique needs of the K-12
Lynnfield, MA - Sophos, a world leader in protecting
organizations against spam and viruses, today announced a new K-12
education program focused on delivering effective, cost-sensitive
anti-virus, anti-spam and policy enforcement solutions that meet
the unique needs of the K-12 market.
As K-12 schools become more dependent on technology as an
important part of their learning environment, they become more
susceptible to the growing number of destructive viruses and spam
that are plaguing the internet. Many schools must address and
maintain technologies and do so within restricted budgets and with
limited staff. Sophos affords schools with the ideal combination of
flexible pricing, which includes unlimited technical support, ease
of integration, proven performance and continuous maintenance that
address the specific needs of the K-12 academic environment.
Recognizing that schools have a responsibility to meet
compliancy with regulatory agencies and commissions, such as the
COPA Commission, a congressionally appointed panel mandated by the
Child Online Protection Act (COPA), Sophos PureMessage, a
comprehensive, flexible email management solution, helps schools
set proactive internal controls for ensuring compliance, enabling
network administers to define, configure, monitor, and enforce
their message-handling policies easily.
Sophos's flexible anti-virus solutions adapt to the vast
majority of environments including Macintosh, Windows, Novell
Netware, Linux, and Unix, making it the logical choice for
educational institutions. With the increasing need for schools to
maintain or reduce IT spending, Sophos's anti-virus solutions help
maintain and extend the life of legacy systems. With an extensive
list of supported platforms, Sophos enables schools that have
limited budgets to leverage existing hardware investments without
having to upgrade.
Sophos's enhanced market focus has resulted in several recent
K-12 customer wins including Lincoln Public School District in
Nebraska, Manchester School District in New Hampshire, Mesa County
School District in Colorado, and Mesa Public Schools in
"Mesa is the largest school District in the State of Arizona. We
support 72,000 students and 11,000 employees so finding the right
network anti-virus solution that would protect over 20,000 users
across an array of operating systems ranging from Mac classic and
OSX, Novell Netware, Windows and Linux was quite a challenging
task," said Eric Freed, Director of Network Operations, Mesa Public
Schools. "Sophos exceeded all of our needs, from easy integration
to extended platform coverage and unlimited tech support -- for a
very competitive price. And with our recent addition of Sophos
PureMessage to block viruses and spam at the gateway, we now
provide comprehensive security for our students and staff at every
level of the network. For overall value, Sophos was the clear
choice for Mesa."
Sophos continues to devote resources for the development of
solutions, which meet the unique needs of the education market.
Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac OS X, provides comprehensive virus
detection and disinfection against Macintosh, macro and PC viruses.
With an extensive Mac environment and the need for a flexible and
dependable anti-virus solution, Lincoln Public Schools selected
Sophos Anti-Virus to protect students and staff from malicious
"The proliferation of viruses across platforms has challenged us
to make sure we have a reliable, manageable and cost-effective
anti-virus solution in place," said Kirk Langer, Director of
Computing Services, Lincoln Public Schools in Nebraska. "Our
selection of Sophos was based on a careful analysis of the total
cost of ownership (TCO) of available products. We believe the
Sophos Anti-Virus technology is as good as any of their
competitors. The difference in TCO comes from the cross-platform
manageability, competitive pricing and support focused on problem
solving rather than problem escalation."
With its commitment to the K-12 sector, Sophos continues to work
in conjunction with several channel partners and educational
consortiums throughout North America to help sell its products to
K-12 school districts. Sophos recently announced its partnership
with the Nebraska Educational Service Unit (ESU) Cooperative, which
allows all K-12 school districts in Nebraska the ability to
purchase premium anti-virus and anti-spam protection at a specially
discounted rate from Sophos.
"Sophos has shown an exceptional and refreshing willingness to
cooperate with our organization," said Paul Utemark, CEO, Nebraska
ESU Cooperative Purchasing. "The result is an innovative
value-added state-wide program that will serve the schools across
our state very well."
"Sophos is uniquely suited to serving the education market, in
particular the K-12 sector," said Jeff Mazzone, General Manager
from VP of Sales at Torcomp Studica based in Lewiston, NY. "The
Sophos channel team ensures successful selling by effectively
marketing to academic institutions in our region and by providing
the highest quality solutions at the most competitive price."
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