It’s elementary: Sophos’s anti-spam and anti-virus software protecting more North American schools from network threats

June 30, 2005 Sophos Press Release

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 security.

"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 Internet.

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 district's doors.

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."