Guidelines on Anti-Virus Protection
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 Resources.
These guidelines apply to all individuals that have, or may require, access to Information Resources at McNeese State University, and those with responsibility for maintaining its Information Resources. 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.
GuidelinesRecommended processes to prevent virus infection:
- 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.
- Schedule scans to run daily on workstations during the work week.
- 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.
- Delete spam, chain, and other junk email without forwarding.
- Never download files from unknown or suspicious sources.
- Avoid direct disk sharing with read/write access unless there is an absolute official requirement to do so.
- Always scan removable media from an unknown source for viruses before using it.
- Back-up critical data and system configurations on a regular basis and store the data in a safe place.
- 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).
- New viruses are discovered daily. Periodically check for Anti-Virus Updates.
- Malware, short for malicious software, is software used to disrupt computer operation, gather sensitive information, or gain access to private computer systems. [studioprovider.com] Retrieved 2015-06-15
State IT Policies, Standards, and Guidelines
Revision History Version Date New Original
Approvals Name Role Members Date