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Security Tools

As part of promoting good security practices, the OIT Security Team is providing information and links to security tools

Anti-Virus and Endpoint Security Tools

Anti-virus (AV) and anti-spyware (AS) tools are a critical piece of protecting computing devices. They are used for protecting your computer from viruses, trojans, and other malware.

For NSU owned computers, we use Sophos Endpoint Protection. It is the program OIT supports. NSU faculty and staff can contact Client Services for more information about Sophos.

For personal computers, whether faculty, staff or student owned, there are many free options. While NSU does not endorse nor take responsibility for user's installing these products, it is important that everyone use some sort of malware protection.

Types of Malware Protection Programs

There are two types of malware protection programs available, primary and secondary. Primary programs will scan the entire computer, monitor activity on the computer and automatically update their programming and definitions. There can only be one primary program installed. If there are two, then they will start detecting each other as malicious and try to disinfect each other. This often leads to corrupt files and system crashes.

Secondary programs are meant to supplement primary programs. They can be installed as an additional layer of protection. Keep in mind, if your computer is already infected, installing one of these could cause your system to become corrupt. It is recommended to do a security scan with an online scanning program, such Sophos, antiviral software used by the University.