February 18, 2005
It's time to simplify antivirus software

We're getting ready to deploy a new antivirus management tool, and we need your help to test it out! The management framework is called ePolicy Orchestrator, or ePO for short. It's by McAfee, the same company that produces the VirusScan you already use. ePO is a tool that helps the IT department keep your computers safe by configuring antivirus definition updates and scans for you, and even by updating the VirusScan application itself. Even better, we will be able to push updates out to you in the event that a critical virus threat is discovered between scheduled updates. Once the management agent is installed, you won't even know it's there.

The long term goal is to have ePO installed on every computer in Extension, helping to ensure a secure environment for everyone. In fact, we have already deployed ePO to about 100 machines without any troubles. But before we go statewide, we would like to do more testing. That's where you come in.

If you're willing to lead the pack and help out IT, shoot an email to dddugan@iastate.edu. However, we need participation to be on an office-wide basis, not just one or two individuals, so make sure everyone's on board. And as always, computers need to meet minimum support standards. As part of the ePO deployment, your computers will be upgraded to VirusScan Enterprise 8.0, if not already running it.

We look forward to hearing from you!
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Darin Dugan, System Admin
Iowa State University Extension
www.extension.iastate.edu

Posted by dddugan at February 18, 2005 01:25 PM