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Symantec’s Software Donation Program Launches in India

NASSCOM Foundation and Symantec Provide Secure IT Access to India’s Social Change Agents
Created: 14 Aug 2014
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Since 2002, Symantec has partnered with TechSoup Global to help us deliver on our mission— working toward a time when every nonprofit and NGO on the planet has the technology resources and knowledge it needs to operate at its full potential.

Today this partnership has brought crucial online security products to over 80K non-profits and public libraries’ systems, across 36 countries worldwide. Symantec has donated over 1.5 million product licenses and has saved nonprofits and public libraries over $154 million dollars.  In FY14 alone, Symantec donated $24M worth of product, reached over 24,000 organizations and saved organizations $21.5M in product costs (compared to them buying full retail value versions).

This month, I am happy to announce that the program has expanded to India – taking the total number of countries to 36.

The program will be offered through our partner in the region – Big Tech – the donation program of the NASSCOM Foundation (NF). This is Symantec’s first software donation program in the India market, and will help further NF’s mission in the region by ensuring nonprofits and public libraries not only have access to vital technology but that they have the protection needed to effectively leverage these tools in today’s increasingly complex online space. 

In a world driven by Information and Communication Technology (ICT), a large number of nonprofits in India are using either outdated or free-to-use security solutions with limited protection, making them highly vulnerable to hacking, data thefts, trojan horses, viruses, worms, spyware, adware, rootkits, and other security threats.

NGOs from across the country will now be able to protect themselves from these risks and fulfill their organizational security and backup needs like online transactions/donations, employee and donor privacy, and even protection against data loss due to system/server crashes.

With Symantec security solutions, India’s large- and medium-size organizations can have a simple and affordable desktop security that protects against today’s most dangerous threats. On the other hand, through the backup and recovery solutions, they can eliminate complexity, perform backups, and keep costs down without compromising availability of their information.

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At TechSoup Global, we believe that technology is a powerful enabler for social change.

For over 25 years TechSoup Global — an international network of 58 partner NGOs in Africa, the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, and the Middle East — has leveraged technology to build NGO capacity towards solving social problems in local communities and fostering global social change.

With one NGO per 600 people in India and over two million operational NGOs, this partnership will help strengthen the technology infrastructure of India’s leading social change agents. On behalf of TechSoup Global,  I thank Symantec for our ongoing partnership, helping us provide secure technology access to the organizations in India and across the world that need it the most.

Allyson Bliss is TechSoup Global's Senior Relationship Manager