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Trend Micro site license renewed for three years

Based on feedback from the campus and SIRT, K-State’s site license for Trend Micro OfficeScan security software was renewed for another three years. The license, which now expires March 31, 2012, covers computers both in the office and at home for all K-State faculty, staff, and current students. The Silver Premium Support contract was renewed for one year and will be re-evaluated each year.

OfficeScan provides K-State with a suite of security functions for desktops and servers that includes antivirus, antispyware, a firewall, intrusion detection, and blocking access to known, malicious websites (“Web Reputation Services“).

Antivirus protection for Apple Macs

Since Trend Micro did not offer a client for Macs, several years ago K-State licensed Symantec AntiVirus for Macs through Oct. 24 of this year. However, Trend Micro plans to release a native Mac OfficeScan client this March and has agreed to include it in our site license.  Assuming the Mac OfficeScan client works well, K-State can switch from Symantec to Trend Micro and avoid the cost of renewing the Symantec license next fiscal year.

Besides the cost savings of nearly $13,000, switching to Trend Micro’s antivirus product for Macs will allow system administrators to manage both platforms from the same environment and simplify technical support since we will only have to deal with one vendor.

SIRT plans to test the Trend Micro Mac client as soon as it becomes available, to determine if it is a suitable replacement for Symantec AntiVirus for Macs.  If that is the case, there will be plenty of time to switch before the October expiration of the Symantec license.

Watch InfoTech Tuesday for more information about the Mac client.

About Harvard Townsend (harv@ksu.edu)

Chief Information Security Officer