Viruses are dreadful programs that can cause major headaches for businesses and their computer users. If a virus finds its way into your system, it could potentially cost you important documents, large amounts of money, many hours of time, and even customers. The most unsettling aspect is that many computer users don’t even know how these programs got into their computers. All they know is the pain they always experience in the aftermath.
Among the ways that viruses can enter your computer systems are:
- Infected External Devices
The compact, convenient USB drives that make file transfer between computers simple and easy, can also be malicious virus and malware delivery systems. Most such devices have security weaknesses that can be exploited cyber crooks to infect computers.
- Downloaded Files from a centralized storage or information management system
This is a very common way for files to enter your computer system. Users may unknowingly upload infected files into the information management systems for file sharing purposes. Although the system itself is not affected, the file still poses a threat. Anyone who downloads the file from the centralized storage system can infect their computer.
- Email attachments
The most common mode of virus transmission is the email attachment. Unsuspecting users often open or download and store infected attachments.
Almost every enterprise today uses some sort of centralized file sharing system for the storage and collaboration efforts of its employees. One of the common systems used today is OpenText Content Server. Content Server helps companies of all sizes and industries manage and leverage their unstructured business information, either in their data center or in the cloud. Over 50,000 companies already use Content Server and other OpenText solutions to unleash the power of their information.
PVA helps Content Server users protect their repositories with the Virus Scan Integration Module. Virus Scan enhances the security of Content Server by minimizing the spread of computer viruses that are file based. The Content Server database itself is not in danger of becoming infected from the files stored in its library; however, it might become the medium through which viruses are spread to other client computers. Eliminating the threat of a virus spreading is especially critical when Content Server is being used in an Internet or Extranet environment, since the hosting company will typically be blamed for spreading these viruses. The Virus Scan module creates an interface between Content Server and third party anti-virus programs in order to detect incoming infected files. When a document is presented for upload into Content Server, the Virus Scan module scans the temporary copy on the Internet server. If a virus is detected, the file is deleted from the server and a message is displayed to the user. The message includes details on the virus from the anti-virus software logs. Virus Scan also allows for batch scanning of the objects already in the repository, and quarantines any infected files it finds.
For more information about PVA’s Virus Scan Integration Module for Content Server, contact PVA: Contact