NERCOMP announces licensing agreement with Sophos

September 27, 2005 Sophos Press Release

NERCOMP (North East Regional Computing Program), today announced that is has partnered with Sophos, a leading provider of integrated threat management solutions, to extend discounted pricing of 50% to NERCOMP members, representing an additional 20% savings from Sophos's customary educational discount. These benefits are extended to Sophos's enterprise-class product line that includes protection for each entry point on the network. In addition to discounted software, Sophos will provide security training for NERCOMP members, as well as opportunities for interested member schools to participate in beta-release programs.

Sophos's worldwide spam and virus analysis monitoring centers, SophosLabs™ is focused on rapidly evolving threats like viruses, spam, phishing, spyware and other malware, providing both proactive and rapid solutions for all Sophos customers. Sophos uses forensic analysis called Genotype™ detection technology to identify suspicious patterns and characteristics that are unique to either a virus family or a spam campaign, allowing organizations to further reduce exposure to unidentified threats and unwanted content. Sophos was also one of the first companies to attain spyware certification and now analyzes and protects against more than 500 new spyware samples every month.

In order to participate in this agreement, member schools must purchase a minimum of 100 user licenses. Server licenses are priced individually. Members can obtain more information and purchase Sophos solutions through Software House International (SHI). Interested parties should contact Barbara West of SHI at (508) 799-5433 or via email at: barb_west@shi.com.

The NERCOMP agreement and the end-user license, including specific pricing will be available shortly in the member area of the redesigned NERCOMP website. In the meantime, members may request copies of these agreements from SHI directly.

Members can also inquire about this unique program by contacting Vendor/Licensing Committee Chair, NERCOMP Board of Trustees, Jon Shannon at (413) 498-3680 or via email at: jon_shannon@nmhschool.org. In addition, NERCOMP's Sophos representative, Don Landers, can answer more specific questions about Sophos products and services. Landers can be reached at (781) 973-1249 or toll-free at (866)-866-2802 and via email at: don.landers@sophos.com.

About Software House International

Software House International, SHI, is a global procurement outsourcing company and leading business-to-business solution provider. We can fulfill orders for over 100,000 hardware and software products, offer a full menu of services and carry authorizations as an IBM Business Partner, a Lotus Notes Premium VAR, a Microsoft Certified Partner and a Novell Gold Reseller, among others. On the web at: www.shi.com.

About NERCOMP

NERCOMP is one of the largest and oldest regional consortia advancing innovation and effective application of technology in support of education. It is uniquely positioned to provide quality, low-cost professional development its 220 members in the Northeastern United States and Canada. NERCOMP workshops and conferences bring together peer experts to discuss the use and management of computers, networks, telecommunications, and information technology in libraries, education, academic research, and administration. In addition, these events give provide members the opportunity to meet colleagues, network, and take away new ideas. NERCOMP is on the web at: www.nercomp.org.