Project implemented: November 2005
Platforms: Windows XP, Windows Server 2000, Windows Server 2003
Van Tilburg-Bastianen is one of the largest automotive dealers in the Netherlands, supplying Volkswagens and Audis as well as DAF trucks, on the Dutch market. The company’s numerous branches and high quality service make it a market leader.
Originally, an antivirus solution from a Kaspersky Lab competitor was installed on most computers at the company’s headquarters, which did not include centralized administration, making it impossible to control the integrity of the company’s security policy. As a consequence, when a PC on the network was infected, system administrators and other users lost valuable time while the infection was removed, sometimes for up to several hours.
Computers on the Van Tilburg-Bastianen network run under different versions of Windows, including Windows NT Server, Windows NT Workstation, Windows 98 SE, Windows 2000 Server, Windows 2003 Server and Windows XP, and the network includes laptops, workstations and servers. The company uses a large number of custom applications to automate its business processes. Some branches do not have a central server, and the network is divided into subnets according to the geographical location of branches. The absence of a centralized administration feature makes managing the network more complicated, since troubleshooting needs to be completed on location at individual branches.
The main criteria used by the IT department in selecting a new antivirus solution included high detection rates, as well as protection from spyware and centralized administration tools included at no additional cost.
Some IT staff were already familiar with Kaspersky Anti-Virus for home users. The key factors in the selection Kaspersky Anti-Virus included its the high detection rate. Additionally, Kaspersky Anti-Virus detects spyware using its default databases, so there is no additional cost for the anti-spyware module. The centralized administration of Kaspersky Lab products is provided through Kaspersky Administration Kit, a convenient management utility.
The IT department at Van Tilburg-Bastianen decided to install a new server to provide centralized management of the Kaspersky Lab solution. The server was installed and configured for the deployment of Kaspersky Anti-Virus on workstations and servers. Because of the large number of custom applications installed on the network, the policy was configured initially using the settings for Kaspersky Anti-Virus. Kaspersky Administration Kit was used to centrally uninstall competitor products (using a custom script). The deployment of Kaspersky Lab products on the Van Tilburg-Bastianen network was completed without any significant problems: the previous antivirus product was uninstalled and the new product installed without having to reboot any of the workstations until installation and configuration were complete. Overall, installation of the solution on about 50 workstations took one day, including installation of the management server and writing the script used for uninstalling the existing antivirus product.
As a result, Van Tilburg-Bastianen is now able to control virus activity on the network, which is especially important for users of laptops and remote workstations. Administrators can create detailed reports on the status of the network’s protection. All of the objectives have been met: maximum protection from malicious programs and spyware has been achieved and centralized management of the antivirus protection is included and simple. Today, the more than 180 workstations and 10 servers are reliably protected from viruses and other malware. According to Van Tilburg-Bastianen IT specialists, Kaspersky Anti-Virus is a software package that takes protection from viruses seriously.