AV protection for Unix
Posted on 2006-04-06
We have a Windows-based domain, with one Unix server on it. The Unix server is completely managed by the application vendor, not by us. We have Norton/Symantec AV for all the windows pcs/servers, but not on the Unix server. When I asked the vendor why there's no AV, they said (1) Unix doesn't need it, since it's not as susceptible to viruses as is Windows, (2) AV slows the performance too much. This is the only non-Windows we have on the network. Is this true, that Unix doesn't need AV protection? I have been told since starting this job that the vendor (company xyz) has complete responsibility for this server, and we are not to mess with it. Still, it's on our network, and I hate to put that much faith in outside sources...