Lessons learned from virus infections

Tuesday, 5 October 2004, 12:45 PM EST

This article does not intend for security administrators to intentionally infect machines; instead it is a guide to what an unintended infection can uncover about a network. With security companies such as Symantec reporting that 40% of Fortune 100 companies have been infected with viruses over a period of six months, it is well worth the exercise to see what can be learned from these infections. Specifically, after an infection is a time to evaluate the technical pieces of the defense perimeter (including firewalls, ACLs, etc.) and the non-technical pieces (continuity plans, emergency response, etc.).

By Jason Gordon at SecurityFocus.

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