All campus lab and office computers are protected by antivirus software installed on the individual computers and controlled and kept up to date by a central server.
This provides additional assurance that a virus or other exploit can't infect an individual computer should it pass the e-mail gateway. When new virus definitions become available to combat a new virus, technical staff can push out the new definitions to all computers automatically.
Many people use campus computers to check commercially provided "free" e-mail accounts such as Hotmail or Yahoo or other personal e-mail accounts. Since the majority of these accounts don't pass through our e-mail gateway or e-mail servers, they may not be checked for viruses or other malicious exploits hidden in e-mail. Users might also bring in removable media such as floppy disks or zip disks that are infected with viruses or other malicious code.
Antivirus software at the computer level helps reduce the possibility that a virus can enter campus through an outside e-mail account or removable media. SCSU strongly encourages that all network/Internet-connected computers use antivirus software and that definitions are kept up to date.