St. Louis College of Pharmacy Finds the Right Prescription with ESET for Combating Malware.
DALLAS -- From the EDUCAUSE conference, ESET, the leader in proactive threat protection, today announced that St. Louis College of Pharmacy has selected ESET NOD32 Antivirus software to protect its student laptops and campus network from evolving malware threats. Following an outbreak of IRC-bot Trojans during the 2005 to 2006 calendar year, the college required a more sophisticated antivirus solution that would proactively protect its technology assets from emerging threats, while offering greater flexibility in scheduled maintenance and administration. Rigorous testing of antivirus solutions led them to ESET antivirus software, which was implemented last spring and is fully deployed across all systems in use by students and staff who returned to school this fall.
"Our previous antivirus solution did not protect us from IRC-bot Trojans and other emerging forms of malware, and fortunately in ESET we found a solution that works and allows us to continue offering laptops to our students, while maintaining network security," said Matt Bartlett, client systems engineer at St. Louis College of Pharmacy. "Since implementing ESET NOD32 in April, we have witnessed quantifiable increases in network reliability and uptime, and complaints about scheduled scans interrupting computer use have stopped. ESET's product is smaller and faster and works unobtrusively in the background, giving our busy students and staff reason to smile."
At the St. Louis College of Pharmacy, the students come first. The college provides laptop computers to its students for use both on and off campus -- a significant benefit for scholars undergoing an intense six-year PharmD program -- despite substantial added security risks that arise when computers move on and off a secured network. Students are notorious for spending a significant amount of time exploring the Internet, downloading files, sending e-mail and using Internet chat and instant messaging services, which open St. Louis up to mass infection from viruses, spyware and other forms of malware.
When the IRC-bot infection hit last year, one or two infected systems typically appeared on any given day, with more than 100 infections cropping over a 30-day period. Upon detection of each outbreak, St. Louis IT staff had to rush to locate and secure the machines before the students moved to another location. This ineffective, time-consuming process created tremendous pressure for the 14-person team and hampered their ability to manage routine IT operations. During this period, network slowdowns were common and on a couple of occasions the network came to a halt due to the high volume of malicious traffic.
In an effort to prevent future malware outbreaks, St. Louis College of Pharmacy conducted comprehensive testing of competing antivirus solutions in a search for technology to stop emerging threats before damage occurs. Results demonstrated that ESET NOD32 Antivirus software has the greatest proactive threat protection and the highest accuracy rates in detecting known forms of malware, a powerful combination that has brought peace of mind to the school's 14-person IT staff who can resume business as usual and stop fighting network fires. In addition, overall productivity is enhanced with ESET's software as it has a smaller footprint that does not slow network performance and offers flexibility in scheduled maintenance and network scans to minimize disruption, allowing busy users to use their computers without interference.
"The free flow of information is the foundation of academic insitutions worldwide. ESET is pleased to protect and secure the computing environment at the St. Louis College of Pharmacy and ensure its students, staff and IT department remain up and running without disruption from online threats," said Rick Moy, vice president of marketing at ESET, LLC. "We want academic institutions to know there is a viable alternative."
Smaller, Faster, Better
ESET NOD32 Antivirus version 2.5 utilizes ThreatSense([R]) technology, a sophisticated detection system based on advanced heuristics, to proactively identify previously unknown viruses, Trojans, spyware and phishing attacks in real-time. ThreatSense is built into NOD32's single scanning engine to provide comprehensive protection so users do not need to rely on additional point solutions for spyware and adware protection.
Founded in 1992, ESET is a global provider of security software for enterprises and consumers. ESET's award-winning, Anti-Threat software system, NOD32, provides real-time protection from known and unknown viruses, spyware and other malware. NOD32 offers the smallest, fastest and most advanced protection available, with more Virus Bulletin 100% Awards than any other antivirus product. ESET was named to Deloitte's Technology Fast 500 four years running, and has an extensive partner network, including corporations like Canon, Dell and Microsoft. ESET has offices in Bratislava, SK; Bristol, U.K.; Buenos Aires, AR; Prague, CZ; San Diego, USA; and is represented worldwide in more than 100 countries. For more information, visit www.eset.com or call (619) 319-3000.
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|Date:||Oct 9, 2006|
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