More Secure Network (MSN)
Maintain Up-to-Date Virus Software
- Use Symantec AntiVirus (for both Windows and Macintosh) available as a free download from ITS at
the UVA Software Gateway. The download pages have
links to installation and configuration instructions. If you use any other anti-virus program,
it must provide similar capabilities.
- Configure the antivirus software to check daily for virus definition updates. The instructions associated with the software will tell you how to configure and automate this process.
Regularly Check All Files on Your Computer for Viruses
- Symantec AntiVirus refers to this as a "scan." Manually scan your entire disk at least once per week.
- Automate the scanning process by configuring the antivirus software to scan once per week. The instructions associated with the software will tell you how to automate. Note: You will need to check the scan history each week to verify that it has successfully run and completed the scan.
Maintain Up-to-Date Operating System Security
- Regularly install "critical updates" for your operating system or consult your LSP or departmental computer support person about installing them.
- For Windows users whose computers are not centrally maintained by a departmental computer person or LSP, you can use ITS's Automated Patch Update service.
- Administrators and users of other operating systems need to identify appropriate updates from their vendors and maintain them.
Respond Promptly to Reports of Suspicious Activity on Your Computer
- When notified by the UVA Abuse team of unusual activity generated by your computer, you must respond in a timely manner. Computers on the More Secure Network are covered by the same policies regarding contact and disconnection as the rest of the University network.
Do Not Connect to the Standard & More Secure Networks at the Same Time.
- For most users, this is not an issue. If you have a wireless card in our system and are plugged into the network with a wire and the wireless card is also active, this can be an issue.
Honor These Responsibilities On All Networks
- Any machine that is used on the MSN, even intermittently, should meet all of the above user responsibilities at all times, even when connected to a less secure network. They are basic security precautions that should be universal. The protection provided by the MSN is undermined if users introduce hacked or infected machines from the outside.
- If you connect to the MSN from home with a VPN, or move your machine on and off the MSN (particularly a laptop that moves from network to network), honor the MSN responsiblities when using the other networks.