Install and keep up to date malware and anti-virus software on the organization’s assets.

Laptops, desktops, and smartphones that are allowed to connect to the internal network, can be attacked with viruses due to users unknowingly installing infected software. There are security solutions to protect companies from known and unknown malicious software. One such solution has always been to make sure all devices on the network have some form of anti-virus protection. Some best practices when implementing anti-virus software are:

  1. Anti-virus solutions should always have the most up-to-date virus definitions installed to be effective.
  2. Scans for viruses should be done on a defined frequency. This includes where removable drives are inserted, before any executable file is run, and when email attachments are opened.
  3. Many anti-virus solutions will send information regarding virus occurrences to a centralized cloud location and use this information for updates. This helps ensure your systems are protected from the latest viruses in a timely fashion.

Please contact consulting@heincpa.com for more information or call 877-554-7735.

July 27, 2015