All UC Berkeley IT Resources and all devices connected to the UC Berkeley network or cloud services must comply with the Minimum Security Standard for Networked Devices (MSSND). The recommendations below are provided as optional guidance to assist with achieving the Anti-malware Software requirement.
For Microsoft Windows and macOS devices, anti-malware software must be running, up-to-date, and configured to update automatically. In addition, the software must run real-time scanning and/or scan the device regularly. Anti-malware software is also recommended for mobile devices, network storage appliances, and Linux where available.
Malware is short for “malicious software” and broadly describes all software that is designed to provide unauthorized access or perform unauthorized actions on a system. The impact of malware can range from minor system performance issues to complete hard drive deletion or even full, remote control of a system by an attacker. It is important to detect malware before it infects a system.
While anti-malware software provides significant protection against malware of all types, it is not 100% effective. Requirement #9, “Privileged Accounts" provides additional protection against malware which may not be detected by anti-malware software.
1. Institutionally-owned and Managed Devices
Minimum Security Standard for Networked Devices (MSSND) requirements are covered by Endpoint Operations and Services (EOS) for ITCS and departmental IT-supported systems that are institutionally owned and are managed by BigFix.
- For institutionally-owned devices that are not supported by ITCS, contact the EOS team to get started with managed client services: https://technology.berkeley.edu/services/device-support/berkeley-desktop
2. Personal Devices and Unmanaged Institutionally-owned Devices
Current, manufacturer-supported versions of Windows 8 and higher, and macOS X operating systems contain built-in anti-malware protections that meet MSSND requirements. Personal devices and unmanaged institutionally-owned devices should be maintained at these operating system release levels.
- For Windows computers, be sure to confirm that Windows Defender is turned on.
- NOTE: Certain free anti-malware software is only free for personal use. Always check the licensing agreement. Software for personal use only may not be installed on a university device or registered under your @berkeley.edu account.
3. Enable Real-time Scanning
In order to detect malware before they are able to infect a system, enable real-time scanning. Real-time scanning will analyze files and programs as they are copied to a system in order to prevent the user from unknowingly becoming infected.