[unisog] Request Opinions on Anti-Virus Software

mark ferguson ferguson at buffalo.edu
Mon Jun 6 14:33:29 GMT 2005

We've had Symantec at the University at Buffalo for some time.  Each time 
the contract comes up we do a serious look around at other products from 
vendors like McAfee who may be offering a sweet deal (at least for the 
first few years).  There is always a slight functionality difference when 
we evaluate the products and what seems to be a cost savings on paper.


o There is a huge anticipated Help Desk/support cost in converting our 
  end-users to another product.

o Several departments on campus also use Symantec on their departmental 
  Exchange servers.  If we changed products those departments would either 
  face a disruption as they convert to a new product or perhaps would try 
  to avoid disruption by purchasing Symantec on their own.

Mark Ferguson
ferguson at buffalo.edu

On Fri, 3 Jun 2005, Andy Johnston wrote:

->From: Andy Johnston <andy at umbc.edu>
->To: unisog at lists.sans.org
->Date: Fri, 3 Jun 2005 17:16:38 -0400 (EDT)
->Subject: [unisog] Request Opinions on Anti-Virus Software
->Reply-To: UNIversity Security Operations Group <unisog at lists.sans.org>
->Hi, folks.
->UMBC has a site license McAfee Anti-Virus software and a server on our
->network that mirrors DAT updates.  We've noticed that we are frequently
->seeing malware infecting campus systems well before (sometimes several
->days) the DAT update that handles the problem appears.
->Has anyone else had similar problems?
->How do other McAfee users feel about it?
->Symantec users: How do you feel about Symantec?
->We're trying to decide which way to go for AV software.
->Opinions, gripes and grumbles welcome and encouraged.  Please respond to
->the list in case anyone else is facing the same issues.
->- Andy Johnston
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