and Information security>>Application level
In order to avoid Trojan
Horses, only IS approved software should be allowed to be
installed on any computers in the organization.
Keep operating system and application program
security patches updated. Therefore to support this
effort, the following must be in place:
- Software architectures on all machines must be
defined. This can be done by department or
individual computer or combination thereof. This
policy is especially important for all server
- The operating system on all computers must
be defined along with all applications that
are run on them.
- The latest security patches for all
operating systems and applications must be
tracked and it must be known if each
department or computer has the latest security
- Reliable patch sources for all operating
systems and each application used in the
organization must be determined. These sources
must be regularly used when new patches are
- Turn on Macro Virus Protection in Microsoft
applications such as Word. Select
"Tools", "Options", select the
"General" tab, and select "Macro
Virus Protection". In some later Microsoft
Applications, this feature is always on and there
is no checkbox to turn it on.
- Turn the auto-execute feature off in Microsoft
- Turn off scripts in Outlook.
- Send Rich Text Format (.RTF) email attachments
rather than Microsoft Word (.DOC) email
attachments. Rich Text Format files cannot contain
Word macro programs which may contain viruses.
When opening the file, first open it in a plain
text editor such as Notepad (Wordpad won't work)
to be sure it is really a text file (Some viruses
can disguise a DOC file as a RTF file).
- Turn off "Auto Preview" in Outlook
(not Outlook Express).
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