Security, Antivirus, McAfee VirusScan, Can I use a different antivirus program?

Can I use a different antivirus program? Do I have to use McAfee VirusScan?

You do not have to use McAfee, but all systems that access the campus network are required to utilize some sort of university-approved anti-virus or anti-malware solution.

The requirements for approval are that it
  • is able to detect and remove malware from the endpoint and any attached/mounted removable media
  • scans all local file systems at least weekly
  • scans on access all new files downloaded via the network or locally attached/mounted media, and blocks/quarantines any malware identified
  • must check for new signatures at least daily and check for scanning engine updates at least weekly

Additionally, if the system collects, stores, accesses, or transmits any university data classified as Sensitive or High Risk, the endpoint's anti-virus/anti-malware software must also be centrally managed by a solution that:

  • Provides monitoring and notification on alerts from all endpoints
  • Verifies the operational status of each endpoint's software
  • Verifies that signatures are checked/updated daily and the scanning engine is checked/updated weekly
  • Provides reports summarizing alerts and operational readiness of the software on the endpoints

While you are free to use any anti-virus/anti-malware solution you wish that meets the above standards, currently McAfee is the campus-managed solution.  If you choose to run a different anti-virus program, the Technology Services Help Desk may not be able to provide full support in the event your computer becomes infected.

Additionally, if you live in the dorms and your network access is blocked or quarantined due to a virus infection, Housing's Net Techs will be required to use McAfee VirusScan to verify your computer is free of the infection before you will be allowed back onto the university network.

Data Classification Definitions

High Risk
Credit card information (PCI)
Personal Health Information (HIPAA)
Export Control (EAR/ITAR)
Social Security numbers, driver's license numbers (PIPA)
Banking information (GLBA)

Student Records (FERPA)
Any data covered by a non-disclosure agreement (NDA)

Keywords:Different antivirus McAfee   Doc ID:48279
Owner:Security S.Group:University of Illinois Technology Services
Created:2015-03-04 14:29 CSTUpdated:2016-12-19 15:52 CST
Sites:University of Illinois Technology Services
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