Monday, May 20, 2013

Free Antivirus/Anti-Malware for Schools

How much can antivirus/anti-malware cost a school district? As much as $300,000 for a 3 year contract, depending on the number of "endpoints" you have to protect. Even small districts suffer the cost of protecting Windows and Macintosh computers again viruses and malware.

Although great appliances (e.g. Fortinet, Barracuda) stand like sentinels against the army of malware that try to penetrate your school district's defenses, seeking to hog your bandwidth and tear through your computers, each endpoint still needs individual defenses. In case the malware breaks through, what can stand in the way?

That's why paying for a solution like Symantec, Sophos, Kaspersky, and others can make the difference. But the cost is incredible. Couldn't you, as a technology director, spend that money in another way to impact teaching, learning and leading with technology?

Enter avast! Free for EDU. This is an antivirus/anti-malware solution that's available at no charge to schools, comes with a management console, and a million other features worth taking a look at:

All public educational institutions in the US are eligible to use AVAST’s premium, business-grade avast! Endpoint Protection Suite at no cost. Each educational license includes two central management control options, which enables IT administrators to remotely manage antivirus protection on mobile devices, laptops, desktops and servers across any campus, large or small.
  • Two central management control options (with each educational license)
  • Protection for Windows endpoints (Mac OS X compatibility available soon)
  • Protection for servers supporting 5–30,000 endpoint devices
  • Remote management for all supported devices on campus

Several school districts are already taking advantage of this, and I know one district I work with closely is investigating this, doing a pilot for the Fall, 2013. How's your district working to not spend money protecting itself from ne'er-do-wells?

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