Recommended Antivirus Solutions

Discontinuing Kaspersky Antivirus

NOTE: As of July 2018, computers used as part of federal contracts are prohibited from using Kaspersky antivirus products or services. For details, see 52.204-23-Prohibition on Contracting for Hardware, Software, and Services Developed or Provided by Kaspersky Lab and Other Covered Entities (Jul 2018).

Microsoft Endpoint Protection License Overview

  • Microsoft Endpoint Protection is licensed under the university’s CAL EES with Software Assurance, so all of the following university-owned devices are covered:
    • Devices with Windows 7, 8, 8.1, and 10
    • Devices with macOS 10.7 through 10.12,
    • Devices with:
      • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5, 6, 7;
      • SUSE Linux Enterprise 10, 11, 12;
      • CentOS 5, 6, 7;
      • Debian Linux 5, 6, 7;
      • Ubuntu Linux 10.04 – 14.04;
      • Oracle Linux 5, 6, 7.
        Please note that this client has not yet been tested.
    • Servers with Windows Server 2008, 2008R2, 2012, 2012R2, and 2016.
  • Going forward, the university will not be providing licenses for any personally-owned devices. See Recommendations for Personally-Owned Devices (below).

Recommendations for University-owned Devices

Windows Devices

NOTE: Until further notice, OIT recommends that MS Endpoint Protection be the standard for university-owned computers running Windows.

  • Microsoft recommends upgrading older versions of the Windows operating system to version 10.
  • Windows devices (versions 7 through 10) that are joined to Wolftech Active Directory (AD) should use MS Endpoint Protection available via SCCM.
  • For Windows devices not joined to the Wolftech AD, OIT recommends using the standalone MS Endpoint Protection client.
    • The MS Endpoint Protection Agent will need to be manually installed and will receive updates and definitions via Windows Update.
    • The installers are available for download via the software.ncsu.edu website.

Macintosh Devices

NOTE: Until further notice, OIT recommends MS Endpoint Protection be the standard for university-owned computers running MacOS.

  • Macintosh devices may use MS Endpoint Protection available via Jamf Pro (formerly Casper Suite). An investigation of other alternative solutions will take place at a later time. 
  • OIT recommends Apple iOS and macOS devices be enrolled in Jamf Pro.
  • For macOS devices not enrolled in Jamf Pro, OIT currently recommends using the standalone MS Endpoint Protection client.
  • The MS Endpoint Protection Agent will need to be manually installed and will receive updates through the application.
  • The installers are available for download via the software.ncsu.edu website.

Linux Devices

An endpoint protection solution for the Linux devices will be investigated at a later time.  Linux devices were not utilizing Kaspersky antivirus.

Recommendations for Personally-owned Devices

NOTE: As of July 2018, computers used as part of federal contracts are prohibited from using Kaspersky antivirus products or services.

  • Campus users should uninstall all copies of the free personal version of Kaspersky Internet Security that they acquired through the NC State software licensing site.
  • Updated antivirus definitions for this version may not be available after Feb 28.
  • As a replacement for Kaspersky, NC State recommends using either of the following: