Lynnfield, MA - Educational computing environments, with a mix
of platforms and operating systems, and wide ranging user skill
levels, represent one of the most challenging environments for IT
managers. Successfully guarding against dynamic threats such as
viruses, spam, Trojan horses and other forms of malware means
maintaining a constant vigil and working with the right security
tools. In this environment, school districts are turning more and
more to security products from Sophos, a global leader in network
"Approximately 50 percent of our computers are Macs, so we
needed a flexible solution," said Eric D. Freed, supervisor of
network operations at Mesa Public Schools in Arizona. Because of
our cross-platform environment, we required automatic scanning on
all of our servers. Sophos's solutions were attractively priced,
reliable, and their technical support team is first class."
In the past year, 630 K-12 school districts in North America
have chosen Sophos as a network security partner. In addition to
Mesa Public Schools, some of the largest school districts in the
United States rely on Sophos's network security solutions to
protect their networks against malicious threats, including the
School District of Philadelphia.
Sophos PureMessage, a
comprehensive, flexible email management solution, helps schools
set proactive internal controls to ensure compliance and enable
network administers to define, configure, monitor and enforce their
message-handling policies easily. Enforcing policies plays a
valuable role in protecting students, staff and faculty from
offensive content and destructive viruses that are plaguing the
Sophos also addresses the specific needs of the K-12 academic
environment with a combination of flexible pricing, unlimited
technical support, and continuous maintenance. Sophos enables
schools that have limited budgets to leverage existing hardware
investments without having to upgrade, and its software supports
all popular platforms, such as Windows, Novell Netware, Linux, UNIX
and Macintosh, as well as legacy systems. Home use for staff is
available free of charge, ensuring that security extends beyond the
Mansfield Independent School District (Mansfield ISD), the
second largest growing school district in Texas with a student
population of over 23,000 students, selected PureMessage for the
gateway and Sophos Anti-Virus for desktop/server protection over
numerous competitive solutions.
"We chose PureMessage based on its ease of use, simple
integration with existing solutions and its ability to provide
multiple methods for ferreting out offensive and dangerous spam,"
said Raymond Jaksa, chief technology officer at Mansfield ISD.
"Sophos PureMessage has afforded the district to increase worker
productivity, as employees no longer have to waste time determining
what is valid email and what is spam."