The Tasmanian Department of Education has picked Symantec's Endpoint Protection 12 product to protect 40,000 computers and 700 servers.
The department had already been running an older version of the software at 350 of its schools, colleges, libraries and online access centres. Now the plan is to roll out the newer version across the department's environment halfway through 2012.
According to the department, the choice to remain with Symantec was made because the product worked on Windows, Macs and Linux, and could handle newer operating systems, such as Windows 7, as well as mobile devices.
"As online learning continues to become more integrated with traditional classroom learning, and mobile devices become more prevalent in the classroom, we'll see a need for increased, flexible and proactive security as provided by Symantec Endpoint Protection," David Briggs, the department's manager of IT infrastructure, said in a statement.
The purchase was made through Alphawest, following a request for tender earlier this year.