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Information Security Session October 24, 2005

Information Security Session October 24, 2005

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Information Security Session October 24, 2005

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  1. Information Security SessionOctober 24, 2005 Bill Eaheart Network Security Coordinator DePaul University

  2. Top Ten List • Install Operating system Updates and Patches • Install Anti-Virus and Spyware Protection • Use a Host Based Firewall • Create a strong password • Use caution when opening email attachments • Never share personal information • Do not respond to Spam • Back up Files • Do not Share Folders • Use a Spyware program Information Security

  3. Securing Windows Basic Steps to Secure your Machine: Step One: Enable a personal firewall Step Two: Download & Install AntiVirus Step Three: Run Windows Update Step Four: Configure Windows for Automatic Updates Step Five: Secure Your Accounts and Passwords Step Six: Run a Weekly Virus Scans of your Entire Computer Step Seven: Run and Update a Spyware Removal Program Step Eight: Disable or Set password for File Shares Step Nine: Run Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer Information Security

  4. Personal Firewalls • A personal firewall is a software-based filter between your computer and the outside world that is installed on your computer to protect it from unauthorized access by other external users. • Personal firewalls are configurable to specify which incoming and outgoing programs, ports, and IP addresses can be accessed. • Windows XP • Internet Connection Firewall (ICF) • • Inspects only incoming traffic • Commercial/Free Products • Sygate Personal Firewall • ZoneAlarm • Tiny Personal Firewall • Norton Personal Firewall • BlackIce PC Protection Information Security

  5. How does a firewall work? • Each machine on the Internet is assigned a unique address called an IP address. • Computers have addresses referred to as IP addresses • Allows computers to talk to each other • Tells your computer where you want to send traffic • Example: • Ports – A server machine makes its services available to the Internet using numbered ports • Tells your computer what service you want • Web Server: Port 80 • Internet Communication • Similar to postal envelopes • Instead of postal address and zip codes  IP addresses and Port number • Connecting to a web server • Where do I want to go  (DNS – easy for people to remember) • What is the IP Address  • What service do I want  Port 80 (web server) • What your computer sees • Source:  Destination: Information Security

  6. How does a firewall work? • Computers have services running – even your work or home PC • A firewall inspects all traffic coming or leaving your computer • Use a set of rules to determine if it should allow the traffic to pass • In many cases you just need to install or enable the firewall application Information Security

  7. Why is a firewall important? Scanning logs Wed Mar 19 00:15:23 CST 2005Number of scans: 523,264 Destination Ports Total     Port======    ======198602      445 Windows 112389      139 Windows 88258     1433 MS-SQL - slammer worm 82404       80 Web Server 18390      135 Windows Information Security

  8. What a Firewall Can Do • A firewall can be selective about what it lets through and what it blocks. • The firewall inspects all incoming traffic – and on some firewall applications it can inspect outgoing traffic as well • Based on the setup and rules the firewall determines if the packet should be blocked or transmitted • Some applications send notifications to the user with options • Denying the program or traffic • Allowing it just this one time. You will be asked again the next time it wants to use the network. • Allowing it forever more. You will not be asked again the next time it wants to use the network. • What do you do if you received a notification that traffic has been blocked • Firewall has blocked the harmful traffic Information Security

  9. What a Firewall Cannot Do • Be aware of a false sense of security • Firewalls are limited in protecting your computer • Do Firewalls Prevent Viruses, Worms or Malware? • NO!! • Some firewalls can prevent malware from accessing the internet if your computer is infected your • Majority of all malware is received through e-mail, file sharing (like Kazaa or Gnutella) or through direct download of a malicious program • Firewalls can't prevent this • Common Sense and Caution • Operating System patches and security fixes • Anti-Virus software • Spyware software Information Security

  10. Windows Update • Microsoft provides security patches and updates • Check for updates at least once per month • Security fixes released on the second Tuesday of each month • Manual Update • Open Internet Explorer  • Windows Automatic Updates makes this easy • Start  Control Panel  Automatic Updates • DePaul makes it even easier • Software Update Services (SUS) server Information Security

  11. Automatic Windows Update Information Security

  12. Microsoft Security Analyzer • Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer • • Free, vulnerability assessment tool for the Microsoft platform • Download Software • Installation Wizard • Scan your computer Information Security

  13. The End! Thank you Any questions Information Security