Northern New Mexico College Moves to Latest AVG Anti-Virus

Northern New Mexico College (NNMC) has gone public with its use of AVG Anti-Virus software. The college, which has 3,200 students and 200 staff and faculty on two campuses, runs a network with about 700 workstations and 13 servers.

"What's important to me about network security is that the solutions I deploy need to work reliably, not drain staff or computing resources, and not break the bank," said Patricia Borrego, director of management and information systems for NNMC. "My team needs to focus its time on strategic projects and proactively developing new applications, not fixing the after-effects of a virus infection."

"We had been using Norton for some while," Borrego said. "While we were not experiencing any particular problems with it, I do like to review the alternatives. This time around, I compared Norton, McAfee, Trend Micro, and AVG as possible providers."

Initially, Borrego chose AVG Anti-Virus Network Edition for two reasons. First, AVG was recommended by one of the school's instructors who had used the software and was impressed with the price-performance ratio. Second, working with distributor Walling Data, she was able to obtain educational discounts and could buy the exact number of licenses she needed over time.

After deploying 200 licenses of AVG and seeing how well it performed, Borrego and her team decided to make AVG the school's preferred security solution moving forward. Earlier this year, the college upgraded to version 8.0.

"AVG proved to be easier to install and manage than Norton," said Borrego. "In fact, it has been such a good match for our needs that we have never needed to call for support. AVG installs with no problem. It runs with no problem. It updates with no problem. So it solves my problem."

About the Author

Dian Schaffhauser is a senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal and Campus Technology. She can be reached at dian@dischaffhauser.com or on Twitter @schaffhauser.

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