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NPS has licensed Symantec Anti-Virus Software for on-campus use, as well as for home use by Students, Faculty and Staff members of NPS. This software is available for check-out for home installation at the Technology Assistance Center (TAC), in Ingersoll Hall, Room 151.


The Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), like all Commands, is vulnerable to computer viruses. NPS users must always follow sound security procedures to assist in maintaining a secure, active, preventative defense plan.


Users are advised that all mail, including known sources, may contain dangerous viruses. The ITACS Firewall protects NPS users overall, but users must exercise continual caution to prevent the introduction of any damaging penetration to the NPS computing network. A list of current threats may be seen at the Symantec AV Center page.


Viruses may be introduced to machines from Internet downloads, CDs, personal ZIP disks, personal floppy disks, other users' floppy disks, vendor software, conference handouts and personal machines. It is extremely important for NPS users to keep their office, laptop and home anti-virus software updated with the current signatures (virus definitions) at all times. The most recent Symantec anti-virus definition is obtained by running a LiveUpdate. Users are advised to always scan removable disks used for transporting information to the NPS and other computing networks with the most up-to-date signatures prior to introducing the information into the network.