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Brighton college deploys NOD32 for Windows protection.

ESET : 09 January, 2008  (Application Story)
Challenging IT security environment of British school taken on by ESET's NOD32 to provide protection for Windows servers and computers.
ESET has announced that its award winning anti-virus software, NOD32 protects over 650 computers and 20 servers all running in a Windows environment within Brighton College.

Brighton College is one of England's leading independent co-educational schools for children aged 3 to 18. Situated in the heart of the city, the three schools that make up the College enjoy an enviable reputation for offering its students a challenging, yet rewarding education. Computers naturally play an important part of academic life within the College, but like any other organisation, the machines also present a point of entry for malicious attack.

"Obviously virus protection is extremely important to us. Children are very technology savvy, they bring in memory sticks and all other types of portable storage devices to plug into the machines," comments Wayne Govier, network manager of Brighton College. "Their initial thoughts may not necessarily be for the integrity of the network and whether they might have accidentally brought in a piece of malicious software, so we need to ensure that our preventative measures are the best available."

Wayne found Brighton College's previous anti-virus system was unnecessarily complex in areas where it should be intuitive, resulting in workarounds and manufacturer supplied batch files to perform simple tasks. He also found it extremely heavy on system memory resources. In the end, so much time was spent managing the system that when the licence came up for renewal, Wayne researched the market to see what other vendors had to offer.

Wanting confirmation of the effectiveness of the various products available, Wayne looked at several independent reviews and group tests. He found that one product, ESET NOD32, consistently came out top or close to it. NOD32's light footprint means that it does not hog the memory and its fast real-time processing lets users enjoy their computer safely, without being slowed down by the anti-virus function.

To provide protection against unknown threats, NOD32's unique ThreatSense technology provides advanced heuristics that is able to detect malware not yet specified in the signature database. It proactively decodes and analyses executable code in a protected environment in order to identify increasingly sophisticated malicious behaviour, characteristic of today's evolving threats.

Wayne Govier concludes, "I used to spend a great deal of time managing our previous anti-virus solution and I was still somewhat lacking in confidence in the product. NOD32 has relieved me of this burden and given me more time to concentrate on other areas of the network."
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