By Journalist 2nd Class (SW/AW)
Jennifer Goulart, Naval Network
Warfare Command Public Affairs
NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA)
has licensed free anti-spyware software for all government employees
and armed forces personnel for use on personal computer systems.
According to the Federal Trade Commission's Web site at www.ftc.gov,
Spyware is software that monitors or controls the use of your
computer. It could send pop-up ads, redirect browsers to certain Web
sites, or even record your keystrokes. A pop-up ad could even try to
trick someone into typing in bank account information, leading to
Users may also be able to get the software through their respective
Automated Data Processing offices.
"ADP can burn the software to a CD for the user to take home," said
Information Systems Technician 1st Class (SW) Eric Rucker, an
information security officer for Navy Computer Defense Operations
Command (NCDOC). "Once the software is downloaded at home, it will
automatically update periodically. With the amount of people that use
e-mail and zip drives to bring work home and back, the risk of
bringing spyware to work is much greater, and that could create
weakness that may exploit DoD computers."
Steve Saunders, a Network Security Analysts for the NCDOC, said that
spyware infection throughout 2005 has become one of the pre-eminent
security threats to computer systems. He said that spyware is even
able to masquerade as security software while actually doing damage.
Saunders expressed caution should be exercised when visiting Web sites
if pop-ups start appearing, or if a user's computer starts showing
constant or required requests to install browser components and other
"Any offer for free software, or 'upgrades' by big names is another
thing to watch out for," Saunders said. "The best thing to do is to go
to a company's registered Web site to get the legitimate downloads
"Professional analysts have found that survival time of a brand new
computer, just connected to the Internet, is 18 minutes,=94" added
Saunders. "Out of 6 trillion IP addresses out there, that is like a
blink of an eye."
To download the free anti-spyware software, go to the DISA Web site at
https://iase.disa.mil/sdep, or the Navy's Information Assurance Web
site at https://infosec.navy.mil. At the INFOSEC site, click on the
COMPUSEC tools tab and scroll down to the anti-spyware link, second
from the top. The software can then be saved a local hard drive for
writing on a CD-ROM or other portable media for home use. Users must
be on a ".mil" workstation to download the software.
For more information about spyware and other computer security
threats, go to https://infosec.navy.mil, or call the NCDOC 24/7
hotline at 1-888-NAVCDOC.
NCDOC is part of NETWARCOM, the Navy's type commander for Information
Operations, FORCEnet, networks and Space. Based in Norfolk, Va., the
command is the central operational authority responsible for providing
ready Information Warfare forces, which are fully trained, properly
manned, interoperable, well maintained and supported within the Navy.
For related news, visit the Naval Network Warfare Command Navy
NewsStand page at www.news.navy.mil/local/nnwc/.
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