THE UNIVERSITY’S computer network system, like any other computer network, has never been free of infectious spywares. This is why the UST Data Center makes sure that the computers are well-guarded.

The usual malicious software (malware) the UST Data Center detects are adwares or pop-up advertisements, and UST’s computers are well-equipped with anti-malware programs.

“The University purchased the McAfee (anti-malware) program known as e-policy Orchestrator Servers (ePO) used by the main server in the Main Building,” said Mario Raagas, a computer engineer at the Data Center.

“The latest version of the McAfee Anti-virus ePO version 8.0i, updated regularly, gives up-to-date reports of infections,” said Raagas. “The technicians configure the actions of the computers only currently connected to the server.”

About 700 to 800 computer terminals are connected to the main server this year, compared to the 1,500 in 2002 since the system decentralized last 2004 because the server cannot handle the heavy load.

“Some of the colleges decided not to connect to the ePO because they are satisfied with their own (anti-malware) program even though it has to be installed manually,” Raagas said.

Some of the colleges that use ePO are the Colleges of Engineering, Fine Arts and Design, Architecture, and Education.

“The University renewed its contract with McAfee to ensure the safety of computers this year,” Raagas said. Marie Ghiselle V. Villorente

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