Computer laboratories in every college will now be protected from devastating virus attacks by a server-based anti-virus system.

Mario Raagas, Santo Tomas e-Service Providers (Steps) computer engineer, said all computer laboratories in the University will now use the McAffee Intranet Defense Virus Scan and E-Policy Orchestrator (ePO) version 3.5, a software that facilitates a centralized anti-virus system through a server computer.

The software, equipped with a desktop firewall and a threat scanner, has the capacity to detect the number of virus attacks on every computer connected to the server, Raagas said.

In addition, the software can also defend desktop computers from “malicious software” or “malware,” computer lingo for viruses, spyware, worms, and Trojan horses.

Raagas said the installation of ePO will phase out the old system of manual anti-virus installation in every college.

“The software can make simultaneous installation through the server,” Raagas said.

A computer technician can just install the anti-virus and ePO, and the server will do the installation to the desktop computers Raagas explained.

Since 2003, only the computer laboratories of the Faculty of Engineering, College of Fine Arts and Design, College of Architecture, College of Education, and High School have been using the software.

This year, Steps will provide ePOs to the laboratories of Faculty of Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, College of Nursing, and College of Science. The installation of ePOs in other colleges will follow.

Steps introduced the software to the computer technicians in a three-day seminar last Aug. 11 to 12. Marlene H. Elmenzo



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