EdTech Magazine: CISO Helen Patton Discusses Endpoint Protection

It’s everyone’s job to keep the data entrusted to the university secure, but there are tools that can help us fulfill that responsibility. You can read more about these tools in Chief Information Security Officer Helen Patton's interview with EdTech Magazine, where she explains end-point protection and Ohio State’s implementation of Symantec Endpoint Protection (SEP).

SEP is one of two recently-implemented, centrally-managed Client Protection service products – Symantec Endpoint Protection (SEP) and Dell Data Protection Encryption (DDPE) – that keep endpoint systems and data secure. These products offer services that OCIO has provided in the past, but the new tools are more sophisticated and will be deployed enterprise-wide to make security efforts even more effective.

“Our objective was to provide turn-key solutions that can be used across the university,” says Helen Patton, Chief Information Security Officer. “Not only are these better products, but they are also being offered to units with no license charge and with free training so IT staff has the expertise they need.”

  • Client Protection, Endpoint Data Defense: This service offering utilizes Symantec Endpoint Protection (SEP) to protect university endpoints from multiple threats. The solution also provides immediate capabilities such as anti-malware, anti-spyware, personal firewalls and host-based intrusion prevention. The service became operational on May 1 and about 67% of Ohio State’s FTE are now covered by the solution.
  • The Client Protection, Encryption: This service entails Dell Data Protection Encryption while providing comprehensive visibility across the enterprise and management of encryption policies for devices and removable media. The service will be operational on June 1 and 60% of Ohio State’s FTE are now covered by the solution.

If you have questions about these services, contact service owner Ryan Treptow via email or by phone at 688-1630 for additional information.

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