Surrey Community Development Trust (SCDT) has switched from Symantec to Sunbelt Software’s VIPRE system for its anti-virus protection.
SCDT, a charity which provides housing and support facilities for vulnerable people in Surrey and Berkshire, was frustrated that its existing anti-virus software from Symantec (Endpoint Protection) was using so much system resource during scans that it was affecting the daily productivity of its 90 staff.
Andrew Hogwood, IT support officer, SCDT, said, “Scans for malware with our previous software would last for up to several hours. The machines couldn’t support other activities while it was going on which was regularly affecting user productivity. When our security software licences came up for renewal, we decided to look at alternatives.”
Hogwood added, “I have used a variety of security products in the past, and we always had problems with the volume of system resources that these products required. VIPRE provides the protection that our users need, but demands far fewer system resources to run, allowing our users to continue working without interruption or slow down. It was less expensive than our previous AV solution – as a not-for-profit organisation, our IT budget has to demonstrate real results for the organisation.”
VIPRE Enterprise was rolled out across SCDT’s 16 sites, with the implementation managed centrally from SCDT headquarters. Users now have a single agent running in the background on their machines, ensuring they are protected against threats at all times.
At VIPRE’s core is an anti-virus and anti-spyware agent which merges the detection of all types of malware into a single system. Instead of building on older generation antivirus engines, the new technology was developed exclusively by Sunbelt and uses Checkmark Anti-Virus Desktop certified technology.