Date of Award

Spring 2017

Document Type

Poster Session

Department

Computer Science

First Advisor

Edward Sihler

Abstract

Systems Engineering, as a value added re-seller, has noticed a number of organizations questioning the value of anti-virus / anti-malware applications in addition to native operating system protections. So the Maine Cyber Security Cluster (MCSC) at USM teamed up with Systems Engineering in Portland to find out exactly what would happen if a great deal of viruses and malware made it onto your computer that is protected with anti-virus programs they recommend to clients. We used a variety of different operating systems with an assortment of anti-virus programs. These are all either currently in use by Systems Engineering or are being considered for future distribution. During each test we injected a fixed amount of viruses and malware on each system upon which we found varying effectiveness. The focus of this testing was to provide the end user the most effective anti-virus program pared with their operating system.

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