Free Anti-Virus Software Available to DoD Employees


Story Number: NNS090113-10Release Date: 1/13/2009 4:21:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Christopher Koons, Naval Network Warfare Command Public Affairs

NORFOLK (NNS) -- As cyberspace has become an increasingly active battlefield for the United States military, the need for effective anti-virus programs has grown.

Anti-virus software is found on every Department of Defense computer to fight against common threats that often spread via e-mail and the Internet. DoD employees are vulnerable at work, and because many people bring work home, their home computers require protection to ensure that malicious files are not inadvertently transferred from an unprotected home system. To that end, several government Web sites offer free anti-virus software intended for use on service members' home computers.

The software is licensed for DoD employees, both military and civilian, courtesy of the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). According to Information Systems Technician 1st Class (SW/AW) Angela Moffett, leading petty officer for Navy Cyber Defense Operations Command's (NCDOC) infrastructure department, recent cyber attacks have highlighted the importance of having this software available to DoD members.

"Because of the security challenges the Navy is currently experiencing and the growth in interconnected computer systems, the threats to information technology have become more sophisticated and diverse," said Moffett. "Anti-virus software is a tool we use in order to combat system vulnerability to malicious attacks."

To obtain anti-virus software, visit https://www.infosec.navy.mil, and select "Anti-Virus Information."

"The INFOSEC Web site has a large variety of tools to gain knowledge on how to use anti-virus software and offers advice on how to deal with virus risks," said Moffett. "It also has descriptions of policies on how to protect DoD equipment and information. The other branches of the armed forces also have sites that offer these resources."

Members can either download via file transfer protocol (fast connection) or go to the INFOSEC FAQ page for slower downloads, then choose the software. Anti-virus software from McAfee is available, in addition to Symantec and TrendMicro, plus regular signature updates to keep PC workstations current.

Mac users can download McAfee Virex software and signatures for OS X, as well as earlier Mac operating systems. The sites even offer VirusScan for UNIX and DOS users.

"You should keep the software in a secure place such as your external hard drive or your local drive," said Moffett.

For more news from Naval Network Warfare Command, visit www.navy.mil/local/nnwc/.

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