ITServices would like to announce that Microsoft System Center Endpoint Protection (SCEP) has replaced Symantec Endpoint Protection (SEP) as the licensed version of antivirus software on campus. The current Microsoft volume licence includes licences for SCEP, which means that we do not require another paid antivirus program.
All licensed users are asked to install SCEP now to ensure the highest level of protection against viruses and malware. Symantec virus definitions will no longer be updated as of January 2015 and the IT Support Centre will direct users reporting issues with SEP to install SCEP to replace it.
Queen's faculty, staff and grad students are all licensed to install Microsoft System Center Endpoint Protection (SCEP). A link to download the installer is available in the Software Centre of MyQueensU.
Undergraduate students, retirees and alumni are not covered by the licensing agreement and are ineligible to install SCEP. ITServices recommends the following alternatives for unlicensed users:
Licensed users can install SCEP on both work and home based computers. SCEP is supported on:
Some users on campus may find that they are already being protected by SCEP. ITServices has been actively installing the software on new computer purchases, and it has been available in the Software Centre for a number of months during the transition from SEP to SCEP.
To check which software is running on your system:
Antivirus programs are not all you need to keep your computer safe from malicious files and activities. While they are a good start for security, partaking in high-risk activities, such as downloading files from malicious websites (BitTorrents) or opening strange email attachments, can leave your computer open to attacks. Even if you don't regularly surf the web, you can still get a virus. It is also important to use your computer with standard level permissions, and only elevate your user level to administrator when required.