New Virus-Scanning Service for Selected Email Domains
November 3, 2003 :: Reni Roberts, ISC Networking and Telecommunications
In an effort to combat the increasing prevalence of viruses with
the potential for contaminating University email and networking
services, ISC Networking and Telecommunications is introducing a
new virus scanning service for selected Penn email domains, effective
the first week of November. All email sent to and from users in
the admissions, ben.dev, dental, design, dolphin, mail.med, and
pobox domains will be scanned for viruses by an off-site vendor
(while still adhering to the
University's policies on security and privacy).
Messages identified as containing viruses will be quarantined on
an off-site server for 30 days, after which they will automatically
be discarded. Neither the sender nor the recipient will receive
notification about these quarantined messages. Summary reports of
quarantined messages (denoting only address of sender, intended
recipient, and type of virus) will be sent to ISC Networking and
Telecommunications and forwarded to the account administrator for
each domain. Any eligible user with concerns about a specific email
message that may have been mistakenly quarantined should contact
their Local Support Provider
(LSP) or account administrator.
While messages will be scanned to help stem the spread of computer
viruses, virus scanning will not catch all viruses. Users are always
advised to use desktop anti-virus software and exercise caution
before opening e-mail file attachments.
To learn more about this new offering, please visit the Virus
Scanning Service page, or contact your LSP or account administrator.