Press Release - Latest Software Agreement Brings Virus Protection
August 14, 2000
Latest Software Agreement Brings Virus Protection to More Than 45,000 Maryland Desktops
The latest in a series of groundbreaking software licensing agreements by an
education consortium led by the University System of Maryland (USM) has resulted
in sophisticated anti-virus software being made available to more than 45,000
computers in Maryland schools, from public universities to independent K-12
The Maryland Education Enterprise Consortium (MEEC) agreement covers 39
separate education entities in Maryland, including seven USM institutions.
Several more MEEC institutions are expected to join the anti-virus agreement
during the next two years as their existing contracts for protective software
expire. The agreement provides software licenses for all faculty, staff and
students in the higher-education institutions. Students in K-12 settings are not
licensed, but all faculty and staff in participating primary and secondary
participating schools are covered.
Donald N. Langenberg, chancellor of the University System of Maryland and the
originator of the MEEC concept, said the anti-virus software is an absolute
necessity in an era of high-tech interconnectedness that spans international
"With MEEC we have gotten into the business of providing quality
software to people in all kinds of Maryland schools," Langenberg said.
"It's a natural outcome of that enterprise that we would also offer
protection for the software. Computer viruses have become commonplace, but the
havoc they wreak is something we don't just have to get used to. I applaud
MEEC for introducing a measure of safety into the process of making software
easily available for our students and teachers."
The anti-virus tools made available by the agreement are featured in the
McAfee Total Virus Defense Suite of Products. They include WebShield, NetShield,
VirusScan, and GroupShield.
MEEC's initial agreement from July 1999 - to provide a portfolio of
Microsoft products to educational institutions both public and private - has
resulted in the placement of more than 155,000 copies of the software on PCs in
Maryland schools. More than 40,000 student licenses for the software have been
issued for use on students' computers, bringing the total number of licenses
to just over 195,000. The income generated by the agreement tops $3 million.
ECS Technologies, Inc. of Baltimore, a reseller for Network Associates, Inc.,
of Dallas, TX will provide the software at a substantial discount. The USM
Service Center will oversee the job.
Because of its size, the University System of Maryland can leverage its
buying power by negotiating high volume contracts. This model of economies of
scale is a natural outgrowth of the USM's initiative to develop synergies
between the primary, secondary, and higher-education sectors.