Case Study: Reddish Vale Technology College Chooses Kaspersky® Anti-Virus for Comprehensive Virus Protection

11 Dec 2002
Business News


Customer Profile
Reddish Vale (www.reddish.stockport.sch.uk) is a UK-based, comprehensive Technology College, educating over 1450 pupils in the 11-16-age range. The College is heavily focused on IT and in 2001 reached the third phase of its Technology College status, making it one of the few schools in the United Kingdom to achieve this level.
Reddish Vale emphasizes working within the community, sharing its resources, expertise and experience with partner primary schools and other secondary schools. The school is fortunate to have received funding as a specialized school that has enabled it to purchase state-of-the-art equipment. Now its pupils have the opportunity to use 250 powerful PCs in a network with broadband access to the Internet available from every PC. Also available is a well-developed Intranet, which can be accessed from staff and pupils' homes.
With their pupils constantly online, downloading and sharing information, Reddish became aware of the critical need to address the security of their network. The system administrators were not happy with the virus detection rates of their existing anti-virus program and concluded the need to find an anti-virus solution that offered complete protection - Kaspersky Anti-Virus. Kaspersky Anti-Virus was chosen because the college was getting over 30 viruses a day and the anti-virus solution they had at the time was not handling the situation. As an educational institution even a slight problem with the network could cause a major disruption to lessons, Anthony Kenworthy, IT Technician explains, "If a virus got in and caused major damage, children could end up getting the wrong grades. Kaspersky makes sure that disruptions are not caused by viruses and keeps the network clean". There are certain key features of the product that save time and ensure peace of mind for system administrators. The built-in management console, Kaspersky Administration Kit, enables the centralized deployment and control over all Kaspersky products protecting the network. Anthony Kenworthy explains, "the auto updater is set to collect updates every evening allowing the whole network to be updated when it is not in use by pupils. Another function that is extremely useful is the setting 'apply to all infected objects' that makes it possible, when disks are brought in containing a number of infected files, to clean them all simultaneously". The college currently uses Microsoft Windows NT4, 2000 and 98 with the Web server running Linux. Reddish Vale has been more than happy with the service they have received from Kaspersky Lab, Anthony Kenworthy concludes, "all levels of support have been excellent from sales right through to technical. Kaspersky is probably the best anti-virus suite I have ever come across".