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Re: Anti-virus Options for Students
From: Adam Nave <nave () MACALESTER EDU>
Date: Tue, 11 Dec 2012 08:08:41 -0600

We require antivirus via our NAC (Bradford), but we've set it to allow any
antivirus app supported by the NAC. Right now we recommend students use MSE
for Windows and Sophos for Mac, since both are free and reasonably good.
We've been letting them pick their own AV for so long that I can't say if
we deal with more or fewer malware issues compared to a school with
required AV.


On Tue, Dec 11, 2012 at 7:10 AM, Hahues, Sven <shahues () fgcu edu> wrote:

 Mr. Yoka,

The NAC solution we have allows students to use a variety of different
software but it is up to them to make sure they know how to update it.  If
we have problems with a student’s computer due to the antivirus software,
we usually install the software that we recommend.  Students who do not
have any kind of AV software installed are asked to install the product we

In regards to the time spent supporting this, it usually isn’t too bad
from what I can see working with our staff.  The worst thing is usually
when the students remove their old AV software and it doesn’t get
completely removed, so our NAC solution thinks they still have outdated AV,
but that is a problem pretty much regardless of what software you choose.

Hope that helps!


*From:* The EDUCAUSE Security Constituent Group Listserv [mailto:
*Sent:* Monday, December 10, 2012 11:17 PM
*Subject:* [SECURITY] Anti-virus Options for Students

Our institution has started having the discussion of whether or not we
will allow students to use anti-virus software other than our corporate
standard (McAfee).

Are other schools out there allowing students to use the AV programs of
their choosing?  If so, what impact has it had on your help desk as far as
support time/issues?  If not, are you allowing students to choose from a
limited, pre-selected set of AV choices or forcing all of them to use one
corporate standard AV program, enforced by a NAC solution?



Robert J. Yoka, CISSP
Information Security Administrator
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York College of Pennsylvania
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Macalester College

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