Viruses and malware execute on a given trigger, such as running a program, opening an email or even simply visiting a particular website. As viruses can have potentially devastating effects it is vital that all staff and students be familiar with and implement best practices in computing to guard against infection.
Trinity policy on anti-virus management
Trinity's Anti-Virus Policy states that IT Services, staff and students are equally obliged to exercise due care and vigilance in combating the virus threat. It is in the interests of all users to protect the information on their computers, as some viruses can do irreversible damage such as deleting your files.
All staff and students connecting to the Trinity data network should install anti-virus software and follow the instructions to ensure that their computer is protected from viruses and malware.
What IT Services is doing
IT Services have invested in comprehensive anti-virus scanning systems to ensure that all email entering and leaving Trinity is scanned for known viruses and infected emails are quarantined or deleted where appropriate. Additionally some file extensions which are known to be associated with viruses are blocked by the Trinity staff email service.
Trinity has a site licence for the installation of anti-virus software on all computers on the network, either Trinity-owned or privately-owned. All computers attached to the Trinity data network are obliged to run up-to-date anti-virus software.
IT Services constantly monitor the Trinity data network for evidence of virus infections. Where a computer is identified as having a virus which may spread to other computers on the network, IT Services may disable the computers network connection. Users who suspect that their network point has been disabled for this reason should contact the IT Service Desk. Once IT Services support staff have confirmed that the machine is clear of infection the computers network connection will be enabled again.