AVAST Free for Education saves $20 million for students

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, April 11, 2013 – The AVAST Free for Education program, which launched in November 2012, approaches the two-million-protected computers mark, freeing up about $20 million of US education budgets.

Six months since its launch, AVAST Free for Education covers nearly 2 million computers and servers belonging to over 1,400 schools, districts, universities, libraries, and other educational institutions. At market price, these institutions are saving $20 million per year by getting the AVAST enterprise-level protection for free.

“By now we are protecting computers for about 7 million students,” said Vincent Steckler, Chief Executive Officer of AVAST Software. “As the National Center for Education Statistics puts total US enrollment just over 75 million, we’re protecting roughly 10% of US students, which keeps us on track for the 30% market share we expect to have by the end of 2013.

AVAST now protects schools and other educational facilities in nearly every state and territory of the U.S.:

Particularly troubling are the approximately 5% of applying schools that report they did not previously have any security deployed – mostly due to budget constraints. This helped contribute to the majority of applying institutions learning about the AVAST program via recommendations from friends and professional colleagues.

Feedback from participating institutions

  • “Thank you so much for this incredible program. For schools like ours with a tight budget, this helps substantially.” –Aaron P., West Branch Area School District
  • “This is a very generous and responsive program that allows school districts to spend their budget on items to improve educational quality.” –Ted M., Liberty School
  • “AVAST is a great antivirus program. The first scan found multiple instances of malware that our previous antivirus missed. The AVAST Free for Education program makes it possible for our library to have a quality antivirus program that fits nicely in our tight budget.” –Jeanne H., Charleston Carnegie Public Library

In addition to many private and state universities, as well as public libraries, AVAST protects the computers of: University of Illinois at Chicago, Mississippi State University, City College of New York, School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), Columbia University, Salt Lake County Library System, Decatur County Board of Education, Houston R-1 School District, West Lafayette Community School Corporation, Auburn Public Schools, Chicago Education Project, Illinois State Board of Education.

About AVAST Free for Education

AVAST Free for Education allows schools in the U.S. to use, for free, the avast! Endpoint Protection Suite – an award-winning, full-featured, and centrally managed business-grade security solution. Any educational organization in the USA and its territories can apply for a free license to protect all its student and faculty computers at http://www.avast.com/education.