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Emma Barrett (Microsoft)

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Microsoft is bringing an additional focus on cyber security to the three-year renewal of its pre-existing agreement with the Ministry of Education to provide the country’s schools with its software and services.  

The renewed agreement will provide all state and state-integrated schools with free A3 licences for core Microsoft software such as Microsoft 365, including Teams, OneNote, Forms and other applications, along with Minecraft: Education Edition, and Windows 10 and above.  

Additionally, schools that have already adopted cloud security and protection technologies can apply for fully-funded A5 licences, which provide more intensive security management and advanced compliance on all school-owned devices, with additional analytics tools – the latter through Power BI.  

In terms of cyber security coverage, the A5 licences include Microsoft Defender for Endpoint, with the cloud-based solution expected to help school networks prevent, detect, investigate and respond to advanced threats.

“This agreement paves the way for every state and state-integrated school in the country to enjoy world-class, enterprise-level security on every device,” said Emma Barrett, public sector director at Microsoft New Zealand.  

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