TechByte - Anti-Malware Software Update

Truman utilizes a layered approach to help fight off viruses and malicious software that tries to disrupt University-owned workstations on campus. This is done, in part, by using anti-virus and anti-malware software.

What is the difference between anti-virus and anti-malware?

A virus is code that is capable of copying itself in order to damage computers and other systems, including corrupting systems or destroying data. Malware is a term used to cover malicious software, trojans, worms, adware, ransomware, spyware, other modern exploits and sometimes even viruses. To date, Truman has utilized both of these tools to help secure systems. However, with advances in the use of artificial intelligence to help fight security threats, some changes are being made to better protect workstations on campus.  

The first step in this change is to consolidate the anti-virus and anti-malware software running on Windows workstations. The SentinelOne software installed on Windows systems last year can now handle both anti-virus and anti-malware threats, so MalwareBytes will be removed from all Windows systems. As a side benefit, this should result in better system performance.

Once the change to MalwareBytes is complete, the next step will be to update/enhance the software used to protect MacOS workstations. More information will be provided to those running MacOS workstations in the near future.
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