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 8, 8.1, and 10
- Devices with macOS 10.7 through 10.14
- 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 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
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.
NOTE: Until further notice, OIT recommends MS Endpoint Protection be the standard for university-owned computers running MacOS.
- Macintosh devices may use DetectX available via Jamf Pro.
- OIT recommends Apple iOS and macOS devices be enrolled in Jamf Pro.
An endpoint protection solution for the Linux devices will be investigated at a later time. Linux devices were not utilizing Kaspersky antivirus.
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:
- The antivirus protection provided by the operating system vendor
- An approved alternative. For details, see Approved Alternate Antivirus Products.