Computer Virus Prevention Measures

Date: September 28, 2004

To: Faculty, Staff and Students

Re: Computer Virus Prevention Measures

This Monday (09/27/04), the campus began scanning computers as they attempt to connect to secure UC Davis Web-based services (i.e., Web-based applications like MyUCDavis, SISWeb, the modem pools, and other Web sites requiring Kerberos passwords for authentication). The purpose of these scans is to identify serious computer security vulnerabilities and to prevent the dissemination of viruses over the campus network. Computers found to be infected or vulnerable will be directed to instructions for resolving the problem and regaining access. For more detailed information, please see the recent Expanded Computer Virus Prevention Service campus directive (http://directives.ucdavis.edu/2004/04-094.cfm).

To determine whether your computer is vulnerable to critical computer viruses, you may also use the self-test, Web-based tool available at http://selfscan.ucdavis.edu/ (select the ?Test my computer? option). More information about helping ensure the security of individual computers and the campus network may be found at http://security.ucdavis.edu/security101.cfm.

Thank you for your attention to this important issue. Questions may be directed to Campus IT Security Officer Bob Ono at raono@ucdavis.edu.

Sincerely,

Dave Shelby
Assistant Vice Provost
Information and Educational Technology