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Anti-Virus Guidelines

Anti-Virus Guidelines

Guidelines on Anti-Virus Protection

  1. Overview

    These guidelines are intended to provide recommendations for the use of McNeese State University supported anti-virus programs on university owned equipment, as well as reputable anti-virus software on personal property used to access McNeese State University information systems.

  2. Purpose

    McNeese State University relies on anti-virus to protect its computing devices from malicious software, commonly known as “malware”. Anti-virus protection includes prevention, remediation and control.

    The primary purpose is to ensure that University faculty, staff, students, and the University community are aware of, and take responsibility for, complying with supported virus protection and management software.

    Anti-Virus is intended to ensure:

    1. The integrity and reliability of information systems;
    2. Faculty, staff, students, and the University community are operating under a minimum safe practice when using University information systems;
    3. Reasonable measures are in place to prevent virus outbreaks and network attacks.
  3. Scope

    These guidelines apply to employees, contractors, consultants, temporaries, and other workers at McNeese State University, including all personnel affiliated with third parties. These guidelines apply to all equipment that is owned or leased by McNeese State University, and personal property used to access McNeese State University information systems.

  4. Guidelines

    Recommended processes to prevent virus infection:
    1. Always run the University standard, supported anti-virus software on McNeese property. Download and run current anti-virus and anti-malware software on personal property used to access McNeese resources. Download and install anti-virus software updates as they become available.
    2. NEVER open any files or macros attached to an email from an unknown, suspicious or untrustworthy source. Delete these attachments  by moving them to the Trash folder immediately, then delete them by emptying your Trash.
    3. Delete spam, chain, and other junk email without forwarding.
    4. Never download files from unknown or suspicious sources.
    5. Avoid direct disk sharing with read/write access unless there is an absolute official requirement to do so.
    6. Always scan removable media from an unknown source for viruses before using it.
    7. Back-up critical data and system configurations on a regular basis and store the data in a safe place.
    8. If testing conflicts with anti-virus software, run the anti-virus utility to ensure a clean machine, disable the software, then run test. After the test, re-enable the anti-virus software. When the anti-virus software is disabled, do not run any applications that could transfer a virus (e.g. email).
    9. New viruses are discovered daily. Periodically check for Anti-Virus Updates.
  5. Definitions

    Malware, short for malicious software, is software used to disrupt computer operation, gather sensitive information, or gain access to private computer systems. []
  6. Revision History

    Fri Dec 20 2013