|Security offered for PCs, Macs
by Clay Taylor
Office of the CIO
Internet security is becoming more of a hot topic every day. Viruses,
worms, trojans, and other malware or malicious computer software are
being created by the thousands each week, and MUSC employees need to
take extra precautions, not only to protect themselves, but to protect
patient and research data.
The Office of the CIO’s (OCIO) security team is striving to increase
awareness and make tools readily available to our staff to prevent data
theft on our campus. The OCIO’s goal is to make the campus computers
more secure and to increase MUSC employee’s information security
awareness. To accomplish this many tools are available at http://www.musc.edu/est. From
this site you will be able to:
- Download Microsoft
Forefront Endpoint Protection antivirus software. This is available
free of charge to MUSC students or staff for use on their home or
work computers that they use to connect to MUSC resources. This
software will help identify and remove malware (Viruses, worms,
trojans) on your Windows PC.
ProtectMac antivirus software for Macintosh. This is available free of
charge to any MUSC students or staff for Macintosh computers. This
software will help identify and remove malware on your Macintosh
- Enroll your PC for
Windows Updates. This is a great tool that will automatically check
with our update servers to see if your Windows PC is missing any
security patches and install them for you automatically. You will no
longer have to manually install windows updates. This is available for
both home and off-campus computers.
- View encryption
instructions for Macintosh and Windows. Laptop encryption is required
by our MUSC computer use policy and HIPPAA policy for any computers
that have research or patient data accessed from them. OCIO offers
multiple types of encryption on campus, and will even send an engineer
out to help you do this.
- View the MUSC
Computer Use Policy. This is a must read for all new employees and
should be read at least once a year by all current employees.
- Install a fix that
will disable “autorun” on your Windows XP machines. As many of you
know, USB (thumb drives, MP3 Players) devices are one of the biggest
causes of virus outbreaks on our campus. This fix will not allow a
virus to spread automatically to your PC through a USB device. All MUSC
users should apply this patch to their PCs. OCIO sees hundreds of
infected USB devices on campus every month, most of which were infected
by a home computer. This fix will also protect your home computer from
being infected by a virus that uses the autorun vulnerability to
install itself without your knowledge.
Friday, Aug. 13, 2010