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Thursday, 15 December 2011 16:15

Tasmanian education chooses Symantec security

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The Tasmanian Department of Education has selected Symantec Endpoint Protection to secure 40,000 personal computers and 700 servers, replacing an older version of the Symantec system.


The Manager of IT Infrastructure at the state's education department, David Briggs, said Symantec had been selected because of 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. It also demonstrated flexibility to secure newer operating systems, including Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2, as well as mobile devices."

Craig Scroggie, vice president and managing director Pacific region, Symantec, said the updated system gives the department enterprise-wide protection against viruses, worms, Trojans, botnets, rootkits, spyware and adware.

'The department can benefit from features such as Symantec Insight, the reputation-based security technology that identifies new threats as they are created by tracking the age, prevalence and security rating of nearly every program file on the internet, Scroggie said.

'It's crucial for educational institutions to provide students and staff with state-of-the-art defence against all types of attacks. Symantec Endpoint Protection is one of the fastest, most powerful endpoint protection security solutions available on the market today. It integrates essential security tools into a single, high performance agent with a single management console and provides leading protection without comprising performance.'

The Tasmanian Department of Education purchased Symantec Endpoint Protection through Symantec partner, Alphawest, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Optus, after an extensive request for tender (RFT) process earlier this year.


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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired in 2020. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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