Symantec Endpoint Protection, also commonly refered to as SEP, is an antivirus and anti-malware application from Symantec. Symantec is best known for creating Norton AntiVirus but also creates and supports a large variety of additional security products and computer management products. SEP will be able to scan files, emails and anything else that might get onto your computer for viruses. It will also watch what is going on with your computer and identify any vulnerabilites that may exist and even help stop attacks from external sources, notifying you of any potential threats.
In July of 2014, Bowdoin College changed its antivirus software from Sophos AntiVirus to Symantec Endpoint Protection based on the additional features and functionality available in SEP as well as an increased performance for the desktop operating systems. Symantec Endpoint Protection offers greater OS X compatibility, runs faster and is more "lightweight" compared to other antivirus or anti-malware products. SEP will be rolled out to all college computers starting this summer and should complete before classes start in the fall.
All current faculty, staff and students are entitled and encouraged to install Symantec Endpoint Protection on all compatible personal devices. This includes any laptops and desktops that you may own. All pre-existing antivirus applications should be removed before you install Symantec Endpoint Protection . For instructions on removing Sophos, look here. For any other antivirus application, please contact the appropriate software vendor.
The most obvious changes that you will see on your Bowdoin College computer once its been upgraded to Symantec Endpoint Protection will be the icon. In Windows the icon will change from the blue Sophos shield to a yellow Symantec Endpoint Protection shield. In OS X the shield in the menu bar will be replaced with a yellow circle with a checkmark in it.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the IT Service Desk at X. 3030 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.