New virus and worm attacks are launched everyday!
Keeping the Saint Mary's network safe from attack is the responsibility of all members of the Saint Mary's community, not just Computer and Technology Services. Although there are many counter measures that can be taken on the network management level, the effectiveness of these measures is limited without the cooperation and active involvement of the individual owners of desktop and laptop computers. Attacks can come in the form of viruses and worms, from hackers, and even sometimes from someone you know but would never suspect. In fact, the range of ways attacks are delivered is increasing, and no single measure or set of measures can be totally effective. It takes a defense of several layers that includes the active and on-going participation of each and every computer user in order to reduce the vulnerability of the system to the multiple attacks that occur every day.