K-12 Schools and Universities Increasingly Selecting Barkly for Endpoint Protection

Barkly’s exclusive offering for K-12 schools and universities enables AV replacement with strong and affordable endpoint protection with simple management and proven ROI over 600%

Barkly, the company advancing endpoint security by combining the strongest, smartest protection with the simplest management, today announced a growing demand among K-12 schools for the company’s patented endpoint protection platform.

Schools have become increasingly aware that they are being targeted by cyber criminals and that their current antivirus solutions are leaving them vulnerable to modern day attacks. As technology becomes a critical part of the learning environment, successful attacks can result in costly downtime of education tools, loss of communication, and loss of data. Limited resources and budget constraints compound the problem as many schools rely on legacy antivirus, which is designed to block file-based malware by scanning files on disk and quarantining malicious executables. Today, most attacks have evolved to bypass antivirus protection through new, fileless delivery techniques, leaving schools vulnerable. In fact, according the Ponemon Institute, last year over 54% of businesses with antivirus were compromised, with 77% of those attacks utilizing fileless techniques.

“Barkly has enabled us to replace our legacy AV with the strength of protection needed to block today’s advanced attacks. It’s so light and so easy, it just works,” said Neal Richardson, Director of Technology Monadnock Regional Schools District.

Knowing first hand the importance of strong protection while balancing the bandwidth limitations of a small security team, Gregory Walker of Solomon Schechter Day School of Bergen County said, “We were looking for the next thing in endpoint security and were impressed with Barkly’s ability to stop modern attacks getting past antivirus. Deployment took less than 10 hours and required zero configuration.” Walker continues, “The management portal is easy to use providing valuable insights and peace of mind. Barkly’s commitment to manageability is a game changer for small teams.”

There are three key components to the Barkly Endpoint Protection Platform that enable Barkly to block modern attacks while delivering the simplest management experience — Barkly ProtectIQ™, Barkly EvolveIQ™, and Barkly CommandIQ™.

  • Barkly ProtectIQ™ delivers the strongest protection against the infection and exploitation techniques used in today’s complex attacks. ProtectIQ uses Barkly’s patented 3-level architecture and ability to combine information from native CPU-level hardware capabilities, kernel-level drivers, and user-space analytics for an unmatched ability to see and block attacks real-time. ProtectIQ is delivered through the Barkly Rapidvisor® agent, which is incredibly fast, lightweight, and consumes less than 1% of CPU.
  • Barkly EvolveIQ™ automatically converts malware intelligence into powerful protection through its Continuous Machine Learning Engine that trains models nightly against the latest malware and goodware. The result is maximized protection against new and unknown threats and minimized false positives.
  • Barkly CommandIQ™ provides a simple, cloud-based management experience with automated incident response from any desktop or mobile device. Customers can learn the who, what, when, and where of every incident with 1-click response and remediation, root cause identification, and attack visualization. No security expertise, policy management, or configuration is required.

Barkly is committed to protecting K-12 schools from the increasing number of sophisticated attacks, and is sensitive to budget constraints those organizations face. For that reason, Barkly proudly offers special pricing for educational institutions. “Schools simply cannot afford to ignore this threat. Barkly’s special pricing for schools combined with our strong protection and proven return on investment is why we have seen such growth in this market,” said Mike Duffy, CEO of Barkly. A recent comprehensive study commissioned by Barkly and conducted by Forrester Consulting showed that at full price, Barkly’s strength of protection against modern attacks and ease of management delivered a 602% return on investment within three months.

“Barkly's different layers of protection with the agent, combined with the simplicity of managing the overall deployment, make a compelling case for organizations looking for an approach to endpoint security with low operational impact,” said Fernando Montenegro, Senior Analyst at 451 Research.

Barkly is independently certified for antivirus replacement by AV-TEST and Coalfire. The comprehensive testing, completed by AV-TEST, proved Barkly’s antivirus replacement efficacy with zero impact to performance.

About Barkly

Barkly is advancing endpoint security by combining the strongest protection, smartest technology, with the simplest management. The Barkly Endpoint Protection Platform™ blocks attacks across all vectors and intents, including exploits, scripts, executables, and ransomware. Barkly is the only protection with visibility into all levels of the system, including the CPU and stays up-to-date through its continuous machine-learning engine that automatically converts threat intelligence into powerful protection through nightly training on malware and customer-specific goodware. Barkly requires no security expertise to setup and deploy and makes management simple through any desktop or mobile device. Barkly is independently certified for antivirus replacement, HIPAA, PCI DSS & NIST by Coalfire and AV-TEST. Barkly is formed by an elite team of security and SaaS experts from IBM, Cisco and Intel, and is backed by investors NEA and Sigma Prime. Learn more by visiting us at www.barkly.com or follow us on Twitter @BarklyProtects.


Maya Pattison, Director of PR
617.488.9400 | press@barkly.com