Birmingham Council has gone to anti-spyware security company Webroot to protect 3,000 of its PCs.
The council is using Webroot’s system for PCs in its adult education centres, public libraries and youth centres.
Spyware can include adware, which slows down machines, and also malicious software, which can be used by remote hackers to take over machines to commit fraud and spread viruses.
Stephen Merrell, Birmingham’s IT services technical manager, said, “Spyware has become a major headache for everyone with internet access. Due to the high number of public users in sections of the council’s network, we needed a solution to keep spyware to a minimum.”
Merrell said Webroot Spy Sweeper Enterprise had been selected for its central management, automation of definition updates, ease of use and value for money.
He said, “We had a major spyware infestation on our public machines, but since installation we are running normally again and have experienced no further problems.”
A recent survey by security software company SurfControl found that 21% of 300 enterprise PC users received no protection from their employers against spyware.
Only 54% said their PC was governed by a corporate acceptable use policy and just 34% were policed by filtering technology, which screens out unacceptable content.