Cyber Essentials 101 – Malware Protection

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Cyber Essentials 101 – Malware Protection

Malware Protection is one of the five key technical controls required in the UK Government-backed Cyber Essentials Scheme.

Why Malware Protection is important?

An organisation should implement robust malware software on devices that have access to or are accessible from the Internet. Malware, such as viruses, worms and spyware are created and distributed deliberately to perform unauthorised functions on one or more computers. Potential sources of malware infection include malicious email attachments, downloads (including those from application stores), and direct installation of unauthorised software.

How to manage Malware Protection requirement?

Malware Protection software should:

  • Be kept up-to-date either by configuring it to update automatically (with signature files updated at least daily) or with the use of centrally managed deployment
  • Be configured to scan files automatically upon access. This includes when files are downloaded and opened, and when they are accessed from a network folder
  • Perform regular scans of all files
  • Prevent connections to malicious websites using website blacklisting (e.g. a list of malicious or suspicious website that is checked each time the web browser attempts a connection)
  • Scan web pages automatically when they are accessed through a web browser (whether by other software or by the browser itself)

About the Cyber Essentials Scheme

This is part of a series of blog posts dedicated to the five key controls of the Cyber Essentials Scheme.

Cyber Essentials is a government-backed, industry supported scheme to help organisations implement measures to help protect themselves against common cyber-attacks. The scheme focuses on the five most important technical security controls that, when implemented correctly, can reduce significantly an organisation’s vulnerability.

Download our non-technical, no-jargon “Quick Guide to Cyber Essentials – Cyber Security starting point for small and medium businesses” to learn more about Cyber Essentials Scheme, its five key controls and how to implement them correctly.

How Urban Network can help

It is now becoming more important than ever to ensure your business is protected and certified against the cyber risks. As a Gold IASME certified company and Cyber Essentials audit body, Urban Network is fully qualified to help your business achieve security compliance with the Cyber Essentials Scheme. Get in touch with our cybersecurity experts today to learn how you can improve your business security, assess current IT infrastructure and prepare a successful accreditation process.

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