TRAP-COM Campaigns for Safe Computing at Mason

Posted: August 21, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

It may sound like some kind of insect killer, but TRAP-COM is out to catch bugs of another kind – digital worms, viruses and malware – before they mangle the George Mason computer network.

Short for Threat Response Action Planning Team-Communications Subcommittee, TRAP-COM was formed a couple of years ago after major virus and worm attacks from infected computers nearly crippled the network. The committee’s mission is to prevent future attacks by educating the George Mason community.

TRAP-COM makes it clear that safe computing is everyone’s responsibility, and the team-Bob Nakles, Cathy Hubbs, Leslie Painter, Kathy Gillette, Kerin Seward, and Ann Genovese-has developed targeted messages for new and returning resident students and faculty members that will be distributed before the semester begins.

For resident students there is a hotline (703-993-5111) to reach their local Res Tech, a student appointed to assist fellow students with technology issues. Residents will also be advised about how to download antivirus software, and what to do to combat spyware. As a final security measure, all resident students’ computers will be checked for the latest antivirus and security updates before they are allowed onto the Mason network.

An important resource for new computer users at Mason is “Getting Started with Technology,” which is available online. The ITU Support Center, at 703-993-8870, is also available to help with technology issues or questions.

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