Astaro to offer free web security in schools in India

by CXOtoday Staff    Nov 10, 2010

online securityAstaro, a unified threat management (UTM) vendor, launched an education programme named ‘Astaro SpyderWeb SchoolGuard Programme’ as part of the company’s CSR initiative. The programme is meant to offer Astaro’s firewall and a three-year web security subscription for free to primary and secondary schools across India.

“In an increasingly cyber-connected age, it is important to educate and protect young children in cyber space, especially in schools, where they spend most of the time. We feel that many schools in India may not have the sufficient funds or resources to install sophisticated security software; this is a need we want to fill by offering our web security software at no cost,” commented Sunil Sapra, country manager, India & South Asia, Astaro.

With this programme, Astaro aims to protect children from cyber-threats, including instilling responsible Internet usage habits as well as allowing schools to block or control access to potentially malicious and explicit websites. The firewall and three-year web security subscription will provide primary and secondary schools access to Astaro’s full suite of web filtering. This allows schools to monitor their students’ activities online, scan for viruses and malware, as well as block selectable categories of web usage and Internet sites.

Primary and secondary schools in India can participate in the Astaro programme by registering with Astaro partners and India distributor Rah Infotech.