New anti-virus software for education

Sophos Press Release

Higher Ed systems to market Sophos Anti-Virus products throughout Australia

SYDNEY -- Higher Ed Systems (HES), the software and services company owned by the Australian Vice-Chancellors' Committee (AV-CC), has announced a new deal for universities looking to upgrade their anti-virus software.

HES has joined with Sophos Anti-Virus, one of the world's leading anti-virus software specialists, to offer their virus protection software to the education marketplace.

"Sophos Anti-Virus is one of the world leaders in anti-virus software," Mr John Murgatroyd, Chief Executive Officer of HES, says. "Because Sophos Anti-Virus is designed around the concept of providing virus protection on networks, it offers technical benefits in installation and management, as well as a simple licensing structure.

"Combining this with very affordable pricing for the educational community, HES can offer university IT administrators a deal which will provide them with a technically superior product and save them both time and money."

Sophos Australia is also delighted to be associated with HES.

"Sophos Anti-Virus is strong in the educational market in other countries, especially in the UK, where it is the leading anti-virus software vendor to schools, colleges and universities," Sophos Australia's Managing Director, Richard Baldry, says.

"We are aiming to be the leader in educational anti-virus within the next few years, and see a channel partnership with HES as being critical to our longer-term success in address the school, TAFE and university markets."

Sophos Anti-Virus protects more than 100,000 seats within the Open University of the UK, and software and signature updates can be rolled out across the various networks in about 10 minutes!

About HES

Higher Ed Systems (HES) is a wholly-owned, not-for-profit subsidiary of the Australian Vice-Chancellors' Committee.

Its primary role is to partner higher-education institutions in the identification, acquisition and deployment of innovative solutions in management systems and learning technologies and to provide ongoing value-added support.

HES has a successful record in providing a range of major business solutions to the higher education sector. It leverages the collective power of the sector to achieve prices and outcomes that institutions would generally not be able to achieve on an individual basis.

HES also provides professional services for vendors and customers through the management of product user groups, with representation from licencees and associated users.

More than 100 million users in 150 countries rely on Sophos’ complete security solutions as the best protection against complex threats and data loss. Simple to deploy, manage, and use, Sophos’ award-winning encryption, endpoint security, web, email, mobile and network security solutions are backed by SophosLabs - a global network of threat intelligence centers. Sophos is headquartered in Oxford, U.K., and is publicly traded on the London Stock Exchange under the symbol “SOPH.” More information is available at