Your car, your home, you and your computer...are they really all that different? Not really; all are about applying different levels of security to keep them safe from invaders. A car thief can pick the lock on your car door, trick the ignition and maybe even disable your GPS tracker. At home you are more secure with your doors and windows locked until you need to use them. So, as a countermeasure and especially if you go away for awhile, you feel more secure with some type of remote monitoring services, 24-7. And for ourselves, you can't argue with a healthy lifestyle that helps to fend off viruses and other medical issues. Security is all about understanding the value of the asset and then applying the necessary levels of protection to secure it.
We are all safer from attacks at home and at UTC if your computer has anti-virus protection. Anti-virus is a security program you install on your computer or mobile device to protect it from getting infected by malware. Malware is a catch-all phrase for any type of malicious software such as viruses, worms, Trojans and spyware. If your computer becomes infected by malware there is a good possibility that a cyber attacker could capture information and exfiltrate data to some remote location.
Supported Antivirus Software
Whether you are a student or employee, to use the UTC network there is a registration process you must go through. The registration system looks to see if your computer is protected...so UTC's network is protected as well:
If you are a Student or Employee wanting to use your own device on the UTC network: You should have an anti-virus program running on your Mac or Windows computer. If you don't you won't be able to use the UTC network. At this time, the UTC Help Desk will recommend that you download the free Anti-virus software Avast. Once your AV program is installed and running you should be able to use the UTC network after entering your UTC username and password credentials.
If you are an Employee wanting to use a UTC-provided computer on the UTC network: Most likely, your UTC-provided computer has already been preloaded with Microsoft Endpoint Protection and, after you provide your UTC credentials during the registration process, you should be able to use the UTC network.
Note that Antivirus programs have a built in update application; which should be set to automatically download and install updates.
Questions? Contact the UTC Help Desk at (423)425-4000.