The Spyware Threat And How To Deal With It
by Matt Piercy - F-Secure’s manager, UK & Ireland - Monday, 22 November 2004.
So spyware has become both a security and a management issue for companies as it becomes destructive. But how do companies manage the problem? There’s currently a dearth of corporate anti-spyware tools which integrate with other security applications, such as anti-virus and desktop firewalling.

However, this is soon to change. Anti-virus vendors are starting to introduce spyware and adware pop-up blocking and removal to their core anti-virus and Internet Security solutions. These will be updated in exactly the same way as conventional virus signatures, and will give policy-based centralised management of this emerging issue – helping to nullify the threat from self-updating malicious spyware programs while giving IT staff the option to allow non-aggressive spyware.

By putting spyware on the security map, companies can ensure that the more malicious spyware elements do NOT come in from the cold.

Dealing with aggressive spyware

- use freeware tools to audit your PCs and identify what spyware is resident.

- use the same tools to try and remove unwanted spyware: a combination of two tools often works where a single tool fails.

- look at latest-generation AV software which includes anti-spyware functionality, giving corporate, policy-driven spyware management of this emerging problem.

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