Anti-virus software

Anti-virus software is a ubiquitous method of protection against malicious software.


Anti-virus is most commonly thought about on end-user devices, but may also be relevant for your servers if they collect and execute files. Anti-virus software scans files, programs, and applications looking for code that matches to known malicious software code stored in the anti-virus definitions.

Anti-virus software, like your operating systems, is only as good as the versions that are maintained. Security threats are evolving so it’s important to ensure the anti-virus definitions are regularly updated. These are usually set to automatically push updates to user devices but it’s also important to have periodic monitoring to ensure they are kept up to date. Users can delay the updates and may form a habit of doing so which can leave the anti-virus definitions outdated, leaving the device exposed.


The CDR Perspective


Anti-virus software forms part of your anti-malware practices. The CDR requires; anti-virus and anti-malware solutions are implemented on endpoint devices and on servers to detect and remove malware from the CDR data environment and are updated on a regular basis. End-user systems are updated with the latest virus definitions when they connect to the network. Reports or dashboards highlighting compliance metrics are regularly generated and monitored, and non-compliant items are actioned as soon as practicable.


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