Webroot's email security service has been approved by the British Educational Communications Technology Agency (Becta) for use throughout schools and universities.

The first Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution to be chosen by Becta, it enables educational organisations to purchase internet products and services from qualifying providers that maintain specific standards of service.

Webroot explained that to achieve its place on the scheme, the technology was subjected to rigorous scrutiny by Becta who reviewed the technology driving the solution, as well as the quality of service provision surrounding matters including service level agreements, helpdesk process management and customer service delivery.

Mark Tickle, managing director EMEA for Webroot, said: “As use of the internet by students, teachers and management within the educational environment continues to increase, the need to ensure this critical communication tool remains safe becomes ever more pressing. The stringent process employed by Becta delivers a clear reference to the quality of our service and support in the Software-as-a-Service sector and our ability to deliver this key group with a secure email experience.”