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Light footprint and excellent heuristics are main criteria

Bournemouth, UK (26th July 2007) – ESET announced today that Dorset County Council has extended its NOD32 Enterprise Edition licence agreement, which protects the Council’s 4500 desktop computers and associated servers against viruses and other malicious attacks, to include the 15,000 machines in Dorset schools covered by the LEA.

Dorset County Council covers nearly 1000sq miles of some of England’s finest countryside and coastline and is one of the highest performing councils in the country according to the Audit Commission. In choosing a new anti-virus solution for its servers and desktops that run across a large multi-site network, Dorset County Council looked at several different criteria from CPU resources to heuristic functionality.

“We took a long hard look at all of the main anti-virus contenders in the marketplace and short listed a few for further examination,” explains Tony Beazer, Senior ICT Officer of Dorset County Council. “We chose ESET NOD32 because it fitted our criteria and did extremely well in our tests. One of the main features we like about NOD32 is its light footprint. Our machines are replaced on a four year cycle, so for the older of our machines having something that is effective and light on CPU power makes a big difference to how quickly the machines can run.”

NOD32 conserves resources on disk and in memory – the installer is just over 8.5MB and the application takes up less than 20MB in memory, leaving more available for business critical applications. Dorset County Council was also impressed by the speed at which NOD32 scans, whilst still remaining extremely accurate. On average NOD32 is 2 to 5 times faster at scanning than its competitors.

“Heuristic capabilities were one of the features we looked at when choosing our anti-virus solution,” continues Tony. “The combination of new threats often being exploited before a vulnerability has even been announced and a large network to update even when we do know about a potential threat, means that reliable heuristic detection is an important aspect of securing the network.”

“Before switching to NOD32 we had suffered a couple of virus outbreaks, because the system we used was totally signature based. Thankfully, they were only minor and quickly contained, but it was enough to make us consider heuristics as a major factor when selecting a new product.” Tony concludes, “If NOD32 had been in place beforehand I believe that it would have been extremely unlikely that we would have suffered our two previous virus outbreaks.”

NOD32 provides real-time protection against viruses, worms, spyware and other malicious attacks. Its ThreatSense Technology enables NOD32 to detect as yet unknown threats in real-time by analysing code execution to identify malicious behaviour. ThreatSense is built into NOD32’s single scanning engine to provide comprehensive protection so users do not need to rely on additional point solutions for spyware and adware protection.


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About ESET

Founded in 1992, ESET is a global provider of security software for enterprises and consumers. ESET’s award-winning, Anti-Threat software system, NOD32, provides realtime protection from known and unknown viruses, spyware and other malware. NOD32 offers the smallest, fastest and most advanced protection available, with more Virus Bulletin 100% Awards than any other antivirus product. ESET was named in Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500 five years running, and has an extensive partner network including Canon, Dell and Microsoft.
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