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Security Best Practices Suggested By Symantec

The threat Landscape has changed and cybercrime is rampant. Companies cannot depend solely on desktop antivirus technology to protect themselves. Following the steps below will improve the protection of desktops and stop malware.

    Use IPS (Network Threat Protection)

    Threats today are web –based. The Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) in Symantec Endpoint Protection stops threats before they can infiltrate a machine. IPS stops vulnerability exploits, Drive-by-Downloads and Fake AV installation.

    Improve default Symantec Endpoint Protection settings

    Get the most out of your Symantec Endpoint Protection product by improving its default settings. Only a few setting changes can make a big improvement to your security. Learn more about our recommended policies

    Keep browser plugins patched

    Attacks have moved to the browser . It’s critical that attackers not be able to use Microsoft® Internet Explorer, or Adobe® Reader/Acrobat/Flash vulnerabilities to get on a system. Use each vendor’s auto update or software distribution tools to install patches as soon as they become available.

    Block P2P usage

    The simplest method for distributing malware is hidden inside files be shared on peer-to-peer (P2P) networks. Create and enforce a no-P2P policy, including home usage of a company machine. Enforce the policy at the gateway and/or desktop. Learn more about using Symantec Endpoint Protection’s Application Control to block P2P at the desktop

    Turn off AutoRun:

    Stop Conficker/Downadup and other network based worms from jumping from USB keys and network drives without changing company polices on Open Shares. Learn more

    Turn on enhanced security in Adobe® Reader:

    Protect your machines from attacks hidden in PDF files by hardening Adobe Reader. Learn more about using the enhanced security settings available in Reader.

    Limit the use of network shares (mapped drives):

    Worms love to spread via networked drives. Unless there is a strong business requirement, close mapped drives. If possible limit permissions to read-only rather than read-write.

    Review mail security and gateway blocking effectiveness:

    Catching threats before they get to the desktop can be done with effective mail and web security scanning. Check that you have a mail security solution which updates frequently to detect the latest bad sender IPs, spam and malware threats at the mail gateway. Consider implementing a web security solution that will protect your organization against Web 2.0 threats, including malicious URLs and malware.

    Review your security content distribution schedule:

    Antivirus signatures are released multiple times a day and IPS content roughly on a weekly basis or as needed. If possible, take advantage of these updates or at least update machines that are frequently infected.

    And you can also try the following security measures.

    Implement application control rules to block specific threats:

    Symantec Endpoint Protection’s application and device control is a power tool that can be used to stop a specific file, block peer-to-peer (P2P) network use or protect critical files and registry entries.

    Educate users:

    Most malware attacks use social engineering. Education can be highly effective in stopping them. Your users don’t need to be security experts. Today, just remembering four things can keep them protected.

    • Only click through to trusted sources when conducting searches, especially on topics with high attention

    • Never update "media player," “codec," or “Flash” when promoted by a site hosting videos or not affiliated with that application

    • Do not use P2P applications on business machines and be cautious on home machines as well

    • Do not click on links or attachments in spam email

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