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TCNJ's Approach to Managing the Threat of E-Mail Viruses

For up to the minute information on virus alerts and how to handle them, go to the help desk virus alerts web site.

The College of New Jersey relies primarily on RAV Anti Virus software on the e-mail server, McAfee VShield on the client desktop, and a version of RAV that scans shared network drives to limit our campus exposure to viruses. Our firewall prevents individuals from off-campus from connecting to our network except through designated, controlled locations.

On the e-mail server, any incoming e-mail is scanned for known virus' and any information matching a virus definition is removed. Virus definitions are updated automatically - the e-mail server checks the software web site 16 times during the day (every hour from 8am-4pm and every other hour outside of that range) for updates and applies these updates as new information is received.

2/3 of faculty and staff members at The College currently have their virus definitions updated automatically. This ensures that viruses brought in via floppy disk or other sources are caught by the virus software. The remaining 1/3 are required to update their definitions manually through our central software repository, SAL. As part of the summer software upgrade cycle, all faculty and staff whose desktop client was installed by Information Technology will have virus software that is automatically updated.

RAV for Netware servers is run manually each week. This software scans and reports any viruses found on shared network drives.

The help desk virus alerts web page has recommendations on software that can be used on non-college owned computers.

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