What You Need To Know
Malware is a collective term for malicious software which there are different types of, these are viruses, trojan’s and spyware. Malware is software which has been written to perform unauthorised (functions) within a computer or network.
The common ways that computers and networks can be infected with malware is from browsing compromised website’s, opening attachments on suspicious E-Mail’s or from running an unknown file from a removable storage device (e.g. USB stick).
A way to prevent these from happening is to either get dedicated software which will search for, detect and disable malware. These can be standalone programs or built into antivirus software.
All computers should have some sort of malware protection installed on them.
The malware protection software must be kept up-to-date, this can usually be selected as an option within the software.
The malware protection should be configured to scan files automatically once they have been accessed. This will include downloading and opening files or accessing files on a removable storage device on a network.
The malware protection should alert and prevent connections being made to malicious websites when the user is accessing the internet.
All employees should be educated about the dangers and risks of malware.