Skip to Content

Division of Information Technology


Endpoint Protection

Each device you connect to the Web needs endpoint protection.  Endpoint protection is more than just an antivirus suite.  Your devices  also need an active firewall, intrusion prevention, threat scanning, and more!  We understand choosing the right software can be confusing.  That's why we've tried to make it easy for you!

USC requires that all computers connected to the university network have antivirus software installed and updated.

 

Students

Students who have Windows 7 or earlier, or a Mac, can get free antivirus software from Division of Information Technology.  They may also elect to use one of the many programs available online and in retail stores.

Windows 8 users are already protected by Microsoft’s Windows Defender, a built-in feature of Windows 8.  If you choose to install a different antivirus program, be sure to disable Windows Defender first.

Faculty and Staff

Symantec Protection Suite is available on software distribution for all university-owned computers.  Faculty and staff can also install the software on their personal home computers.  Visiting professors and persons classified as associates can install Symantec Protection Suite on their university-owned computer as well.

Is antivirus software required to access the network?

All computers that connect to the university network are required to have antivirus software installed and updated.

What antivirus software does the university recommend?

Students 
Students with Windows 7 or earlier, or a Mac, can receive a free antivirus program from DoIT, purchase or download a free antivirus program from numerous locations online, or purchase antivirus software from a retail store.

Students with Windows 8 are already protected by Microsoft’s Windows Defender, a built-in feature of Windows 8. If you choose to install a different antivirus program, be sure to disable Windows Defender first.

Faculty and Staff 
Symantec Protection Suite is available on software distribution for all university-owned computers. The software can also be installed on your personal home computer.

Where can I download the university's recommended antivirus software?

Students 
Free antivirus software for Windows 7 and earlier, and Macs, is available from Division of Information Technology through software distribution.

Windows 8 users are already protected by Microsoft’s Windows Defender, a built-in feature of Windows 8. If you choose to install a different antivirus program, be sure to disable Windows Defender first.

Faculty and Staff 
Symantec Protection Suite can be downloaded from software distribution on all university-owned computers and faculty and staff personal home computers.

Can I install the university's antivirus software, Symantec Protection Suite, on my home computer?

Faculty and staff can install Symantec Protection Suite on their personal home computer.

Can visiting professors use the university's antivirus software, Symantec Protection Suite?

Visiting professors and persons classified as associates can install Symantec Protection Suite on their university-owned computers.

Solution

SEP

Symantec Endpoint Protection

Targeted attacks and advanced persistent threats cannot be stopped by antivirus alone. These distinct threats require layered protection and intelligent security at the endpoint.  Symantec Endpoint Protection 12.1.6 brings unrivaled security, blazing performance, and smarter management across both physical and virtual environments.

Quick Links