Established in 1934, the New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER) is the country's only national, independent educational research organisation. The Wellington based team of more than 60 permanent and casual staff produce research-based solutions that assist and inform the work of teachers and learners across the public and private sector. As an organisation that relies heavily on using technology, and in particular the Internet for research, NZCER needed an endpoint security solution that would block threats, not productivity.

One of the key shortcomings of its existing AV solution was an inability to effectively monitor web traffic and browsing behaviour, and this was a key catalyst for making NZCER start looking at what other security solutions were available.

In choosing Sophos Enduser Web Suite, NZCER was able to not only meet all of its immediate selection criteria, but also future-proof the security needs of the organisation.

"There were a number of things we were especially looking for in a new solution and Sophos Enduser Web Suite ticked all the boxes and more," says Mr Intemann, IT Systems Specialist at NZCER. "The things we were most impressed with were how neatly the Sophos solution integrated into the active directory, its automated deployment, and the accuracy of its reporting functionality," he adds.

NZCER is pleased with the value it has already realised from its investment in Sophos Enduser Web Suite.

"As far as web appliances go, with Sophos we were able to immediately see positive trends in our web traffic, and to that end it proved its worth straight-away," says Mr Intemann. "Working with SSS has also been great. They’re a great team with a really broad knowledge of security solutions, and they’re really easy to deal with," he adds. "We haven't really needed to contact SSS a great deal to be honest as the product is doing exactly what it is meant to do, and upgrades are automatic," he explains. "When we have needed their help, their support has been excellent and that has meant for a very smooth experience overall," he concludes.


Bruce Intemann, IT Systems Specialist at NZCER

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