news The Tasmanian Department of Education has zeroed in on the latest version of Symantec’s Endpoint Protection systems to secure the 40,000 personal computers and 700 servers being used by the department’s staff, schools, colleges, libraries and online access centres.
Computer users worldwide are being targeted by malicious software that comprises viruses, worms, Trojans, spyware, botnets, rootkits, and adware. Users stand to lose not just data but they very often fall victim to identity and financial theft. The new anti-virus system will guard multiple devices such as laptops, personal computers, and mobile devices that store confidential staff and student information.
The Tasmanian Department of Education’s computer systems at 350 locations were running the older version of Symantech’s Endpoint Protection and the upgrade to version 12 was thought necessary as it will not only be able to protect systems running Microsoft Windows, Mac OS and Linux systems, but also newer operating systems such as Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2, and mobile devices as well.
David Briggs, Manager of IT Infrastructure elaborated on the necessity in a statement distributed by Symantec saying, “As online learning continues to become more integrated with traditional classroom learning and mobile devices become more prevalent in the classroom, we’ll see a need for increased, flexible and proactive security as provided by Symantec Endpoint Protection.”
Worldwide, hackers are known to target government websites and infrastructure as government bodies are not best known for their up-to-date online protection and security systems. The department’s computer-based learning environment houses disparate systems and supports many browsers. Symantec’s antivirus software is compatible with Microsoft’s popular software packages such as Windows, Internet Explorer and Office. Additionally, it also protects systems using non-Microsoft browsers such as Firefox and Safari, and web-based email systems such as Hotmail and Gmail. This will enable protection for users irrespective of the operating system they choose to use.
Symantec’s Endpoint has a component called Symantec Insight. It monitors virtually all the programs on the Internet and ranks each according to its reputation (good or bad based on the threat of infection). The programs are tracked by age, prevalence and security rating. This provides another layer of security since users are alerted about any risky program when a website is being accessed or a program is being downloaded. Craig Scroggie, vice president and managing director, Pacific region, Symantec, said, “It’s crucial for educational institutions to provide students and staff with state-of-the-art defence against all types of attacks.”
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