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Trust But Verify: A Guide to Using E-mail Correspondence

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Posted: 15 Feb 2002

Heads Up: A very good paper written by the National Infrastructure Protection Center contains seven tips for protecting yourself and your company from e-mail viruses, and is probably worth passing along to your users.

Here's an excerpt:

"Trust but verify" is a slogan that is appropriate for securing computers from malicious code passed as an e-mail attachment. It is very difficult to know exactly who is on the other end of an e-mail or chat session, as passwords do get lost and stolen. Most computer users know that they should beware of opening e-mail from strangers. But countless viruses have continued to spread and re-spread, because they were sent via e-mail from someone who appeared to be trusted. Individual computer users can drastically reduce the spread of viruses and other malicious computer code with a few simple steps including verifying the authenticity of an attachment before opening it.

About the National Infrasturcture Protection Center

The National Infrastructure Protection Center (NIPC) serves as a national critical infrastructure threat assessment, warning, vulnerability, and law enforcement investigation and response entity. The NIPC provides timely warnings of international threats, comprehensive analysis and law enforcement investigation and response. The mission of the NIPC is to:

  • detect, deter, assess, warn, respond, and investigate unlawful acts involving computer and information technologies and unlawful acts, both physical and cyber, that threaten or target our critical infrastructures;
  • manage computer intrusion investigations;
  • support law enforcement, counterterrorism, and foreign counterintelligence missions related to cyber crimes and intrusion;
  • support national security authorities when unlawful acts go beyond crime and are foreign-sponsored attacks on United States interests;
  • and
  • coordinate training for cyber investigators and infrastructure protectors in government and the private sector.

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