Newham Borough Council has thrown out McAfee and hitched up with rival Dr Solomon's for its security software. The deal with the East London council has netted Dr Solomon's #650,000. The company has been contracted for a 5,000 user licence and an additional licence to cover NT servers, Windows 95, Windows for Workgroups and NT 4.0. One of the main reasons for switching to Dr Solomon's from McAfee was that the council found the latter was unable to provide a flexible multiplatform site licence. The installation of the network backbone and the first 250 PCs is currently under way. It will be followed by the conversion of the next 750 machines in the Housing department later this month, when the McAfee licence runs out. The remainder of the council will be converted over the next few months. According to Dr Solomon's, the Education department is considering contracting the firm to provide anti-virus software for PCs currently being installed in schools in the borough. "The main threats from viruses within the company are a result of the council's Internet connection and data exchange with non-council agencies," explained Gary Sussex, systems support manager for computing and communications services at Newham Council. "The viruses are found mainly in Email messages, macros created within documents and attachments to Email. It is now a disciplinary offence to knowingly introduce a virus on to the network." McAfee's UK reseller manager, Colin Bastable, claimed his company offers "a far more flexible licensing scheme than Dr Solomon's, on a per-user basis" that works out easier on administration.
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