The Tasmanian Department of Education has selected security vendor, Symantec Australia’s Endpoint Protection solution for schools.
It aims to secure 40,000 personal computers and 700 servers in Tasmanian state primary and secondary schools, state post-secondary colleges, state libraries, online access centres and departmental staff.
It purchased the solution through Symantec partner, Alphawest, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Optus, after an extensive Request for Tender (RFT) process earlier this year.
In mid-2012, the Department of Education will also be deploying Symantec Endpoint Protection 12 across its environment.
“As online learning continues to become more integrated with traditional classroom learning and mobile devices become more prevalent in the classroom, we’ll see a need for increased, flexible and proactive security,” the Department of Education IT Infrastructure manager, David Briggs, said.
It previously ran an older version of Symantec Endpoint Protection across 350 locations around Tasmania – including all state primary and high schools, state post-secondary colleges, corporate staff, state public libraries, adult education facilities and online access centres.
According to Briggs, it selected Symantec for its strong track record in guarding large-scale infrastructures.
“Symantec Endpoint Protection fulfilled our requirement to secure Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X and Linux systems including Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2, as well as mobile devices," he said.
Symantec Endpoint Protection provides protection against viruses, worms, Trojans, botnets, rootkits, spyware and adware.
It is compatible with Microsoft software packages such as Windows, Internet Explorer and Office and also works with other browsers such as Firefox and Safari, and web-based email systems such as Hotmail and Gmail.