Sophos announces new K-12 education program

May 24, 2004 Sophos Press Release

Sophos's effective, cost-sensitive anti-virus, anti-spam and policy enforcement solutions meet the unique needs of the K-12 market

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 Arizona.

"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 threats.

"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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