Lower Austria Regional School Board

An IKARUS success story.

Area-wide protection with legal certainty

The digital revolution has taken root in all areas of life in the modern world. So the rapid spread of information and communication technologies is also affecting Austrian schools – and thus all school levels, directorate areas, teachers* and students. A uniform IT virus protection system was implemented for around 1,000 compulsory schools in Lower Austria.

The ubiquitous and increasing use of these technologies – the use of smartphones or tablets among students, and the networks among teachers, all the way to the state school board – can bring many new and more complex dangers and the positive effects. After all, users do not want to be spied on by third parties or contribute to the spread of malware because of a lack of security awareness and insufficiently secured devices. New threat scenarios, such as cryptovirus, have repeatedly swept through schools in waves if we look at the last five to six years. Due to the autonomy of Pflicht schools, more or less efficient standalone solutions have been used to date for virus protection. This has led to individual PCs and various types of end devices occasionally being infected by malware. The trend toward BYOD (“Bring your own Device”) has exacerbated the complexity, mainly since viruses can spread beyond the schools to the regional school board in a networked landscape. Links or attachments are quickly opened, which can spread crypto viruses and trigger data deletions or encryptions.

The advantages of a total solution are obvious

Although the Lower Austrian Pflichtschulen generally act autonomously when it comes to procurement, and the school communities decide whether and which systems to use, it was possible to implement an overall solution in 2016. Josef Staar (Office of the Lower Austrian Regional Government / Head of the Schools and Kindergartens Department) succeeded in convincing the municipal representatives of the advantages of a uniform and comprehensive IT security solution.:

  • Reduction of complexity with different providers
  • More superficial support, since the user interface is the same
  • Cost advantage due to a framework agreement with one company (costs per school reduced))

For standalone solutions, IKARUS anti.virus and, in institutions with a network, security.manager will therefore be available to Lower Austrian Pflichtschulen free of charge from September 2016. Antivirus software protects personal data against all types of malware. The intrusion of cybercriminals is prevented in the long term. Easy installation, an intuitive user interface and regular updates of the virus database are just some of the many advantages.

IKARUS security.manager provides professional and easy protection from a central management console for organizations of any size. It allows easy configuration, management, updates and monitoring of an unlimited number of anti.virus clients. The design is user-friendly and straightforward, so both inexperienced and skilled administrators can use this tool. Program and virus database updates can be easily distributed while also reducing network load. Helmut Neumayr, MSc, specialist in the area of information technology for the LSR NÖ, is convinced of the overall solution: “The total costs per school could be reduced despite the higher quality, while at the same time reducing complexity and improving support.“

Uncomplicated rollout

On the part of IKARUS, a platform was created from which the schools can download the corresponding software. The authorizations for this are assigned via e-mail. The school’s support is carried out either by the EDP custodian or by the school IT supervisor. In case of problems or questions, the IKARUS technician is available in addition to the custodian. In his role as one of the IT supervisors for Compulsory schools in Lower Austria, Christoph Veit says that “the introduction of the security software was problem-free, also due to the excellent website of the manufacturer for the directorates and the teaching staff, who are also allowed to use the virus protection on private devices – the few feedbacks are a good sign in this sense!“

High satisfaction with the solution

Despite the increasingly intensive use of the Internet and the higher demands on virus protection, the central model has made it much easier to look after the networks. Summing up, Ing. Michael Graf, IT Coordinator for Education Region 4, is convinced of the overall solution: “We have finally managed to have almost fleach-area protection for the nearly 1,000 Pflichtschulen in Lower Austria. And since it is a licensed product and not a ‘free version’, there is also legal certainty!“

Landesschulrat NÖ

Customer:
Lower Austria Regional School Board
(Landesschulrat NÖ)

Sector:
Public facilities

Solution:
IKARUS anti.virus

www.bildung-noe.gv.at

Further success stories

Merkur Versicherung

Merkur Versicherung takes a bold step into the future

„We know each other by now and we appreciate the professional cooperation.“ Robert Picher, Head of IT at Merkur Versicherung
Suzuki Austria

Suzuki Austria

“We are using Mobile Device Management for the first time and quality, reliability and security are particularly important to us," says Gerhard Eber, ICT Manager at SUZUKI AUSTRIA.
ÖAMTC

ÖAMTC – FireEye/IKARUS Security Software

“In the end, the decision was made, knowing that the comprehensive know-how of the internationally active group FireEye was combined with IKARUS as a regional partner for implementation and service.“ Christoph Pertl, IT Security Officer at ÖAMTC
Motormobil - Ford4you

Motormobil

“Due to the many systems running in parallel, permanent monitoring of the entire chain is a priority to be able to react quickly if something is not running correctly!” Gerhard Lochner, IT Manager of Motormobil
Wittmann Battenfeld

WITTMANN Group

“IKARUS Security Software reacts extremely quickly to local threats and has thus already saved us from countless attacks – it is a fixed component of our security concept”. Ing. Janusz Russocki, Head of IT at WITTMANN Group
opswat

OPSWAT: Simultaneous Anti-Malware-Engines

“Since the partnership started, we were continually very happy with the IKARUS scan.engine”, Vinh Lam, OPSWAT´s Senior Software Engineer
Steyr Arms Logo

STEYR ARMS

"We use a multi-level technical security concept and rely on the awareness of our colleagues," explains Walter Hölblinger, CIO at STEYR ARMS
Synthesa

Synthesa Chemie

“We decided to go with an Austrian partner not only because of their range of products and services but also because we were to get excellent value for money. And considering the duration of our business relationship, we obviously made a good choice!” Alfred Palkoska, Head of ICT at Synthesa Chemie
Egger Glas

Egger Glas Insulating and Safety Glass Production

“Our most important criterion for email traffic was a reliable and proven sandbox solution that checks and filters all emails before they reach our mail server. “ Bernhard Posch, Head of IT at Egger Glas GmbH
Cumulo

Cumulo – nimbusec website security monitor

“With IKARUS we have a clear benefit for nimbusec and we benefit also from the long experience of the Austrian company”, says Dipl.-Ing. Marin Leonhartsberger, CEO of Cumulo GmbH.
Computertechnik Wenger & Partner

Computertechnik Wenger & Partner

"IKARUS Security Software covers all our needs in this area and makes this task extremely easy for us with one contact person for all questions!” Michael Haitzmann, managing director Computertechnik Wenger & Partner OG
Citycom

Citycom

"With IKARUS I know that they tick in the same way, speak the same language and think as we do." Günter Großschädl, Head of IT Operations
Bad Radkersburg

Bad Radkersburg

Andreas Puntigam, IT manager of the municipality of Bad Radkersburg, knows that an operational 24/7 support can only be achieved with reliable partners: "Externally, we rely on one partner for the entire server landscape, for example, as well as for the firewall." The municipality of Bad Radkersburg has been working with the leading Austrian provider IKARUS Security Software on the important issue of IT security since 2010.
A1 Telekom

A1 Telekom

“IKARUS Security Software provides high-quality security solutions which have been customized for our specific needs. The company staff are a group of highly trained and diligent experts which have an excellent communication style. They are punctual, responsive and highly skilled in terms of technical support which makes our day to day operations and interactions with our end customers much easier.” Thomas Schmidt, MBA MSc, A1 Security Services, A1 Telekom Austria AG
Triburg Freight Services

Triburg Freight Services

“We were impressed by the fast reaction times and the communication style with CLOUDMIND and IKARUS”, says Madhu Kurup, IT-Administrator at TFS