CIS is replacing Brown’s old anti-virus software with new a anti-malware* product that detects viruses along with other threats. CIS is transitioning students from Symantec to Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) for PCs and Sophos for Macs during the fall semester.
Later in the fall CIS will also roll out an enterprise version of the Microsoft product, ForeFront Endpoint Protection, to faculty and staff using PCs and as well as Sophos for Macs.
The more comprehensive anti-malware solution will enhance the security for computers on Brown’s campus, necessary with the ever-increasing threat of a new generation of malware, including that now targeting Macs, and the continuing need to secure valuable data stored on computing devices. The plan is to phase out current Symantec use by next spring.
* Malware is an umbrella term covering an array of malicious software that includes viruses, worms, trojan horses, spyware, rogueware/scareware, crimeware, most rootkits, and other unwanted software or programs.