Quiz

Tutorial test: What to do about malicious code

Test your knowledge of malicious code prevention with this series of multiple-choice questions. To learn more about protecting your organization from malicious code, listen to the accompanying SearchSecurity.com tutorial webcast, Malicious code: What to do, with malware expert Robert Vibert.

To take the test, jot down your answers on a piece of scrap paper, then check your answers here. No peeking!

1. What is the term used to define placing antivirus software on different types of machines?
a.) Belted protection
b.) Multi-layered protection
c.) Integral protection

2. How often should antivirus software be updated?
a.) Monthly, or more often
b.) Every 3 months
c.) Annually

3. How does most malware enter an organization?
a.) Via floppy diskettes
b.) Via e-mail
c.) Via downloads from Web sites

4. How does an on-access scanner prevent infections?
a.) By stopping downloads
b.) By scanning on boot-up
c.) By preventing access to infected objects

5. Why would I use RTF files?
a.) Because they preserve graphics
b.) Because there is few malware that infects them
c.) Because they are smaller than doc files

6. Magazine tests of antivirus software can be unreliable because...
a.) they omit major brands.
b.) they don't test the interfaces.
c.) they often give priority to functionality over security.

7. Antivirus software and defenses are all about...
a.) catching viruses.
b.) preserving business continuity.
c.) finding virus authors.

8. The following is not a basic rule:
a.) Install antivirus software.
b.) Never install personal firewalls on the same machines as antivirus.
c.) Make regular backups.

9. Systems prevent the spread of viruses when they reach...
a.) 50% coverage with antivirus software.
b.) 70% coverage with antivirus software.
c.) 90% coverage with antivirus software.

10. A honey pot mailbox...
a.) attracts viruses.
b.) alerts administrators to a spreading mass mail virus.
c.) contains sugar-coated e-mail.

Want to learn more about specific types of malicious code? Listen to Robert Vibert's tutorial, Malicious code – What's what and take the accompanying test.

Check your answers here.

This was first published in May 2003

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