Advanced Malware Protection
What is advanced malware protection (AMP)?
The evolution of antivirus technology.
Our Health Sciences Security Team uses advanced malware protection (AMP) to defend UCLA Health Sciences systems and critical information from cyberattacks. We deploy AMP in conjunction with traditional antivirus software to provide layers of protection against entities that could threaten data and compromise our computing environment.
How does AMP protect our system?
Malicious software, or malware, evolves by the second. AMP technology keeps up with those changes, detecting threats and malicious files designed to slip past traditional antivirus software.
Instead of just scanning for pattern signatures and behaviors, AMP tracks and eliminates malware that enters our system. The technology continuously analyzes activity on computers and across the network in order to quickly block and quarantine harmful files.
AMP monitors our entire system around the clock to locate and block suspicious files and programs. The technology even incorporates intelligence from macro scans to recognize the broadest range of threats possible and better protect our system.
“AMP is really all about providing a safe and secure computing environment, something we all need in order to do our best work.”
- Director of Security, Edgar Tijerino
How our teams leverage AMP
Our Security Team centrally manages and monitors the AMP technology, enhancing its built-in defensive capabilities. We collect logs and send them to our Security Operations Center (SOC) where analysts scour them for potential problems. If something comes up, the analysts alert the appropriate teams and help them take action before a threat becomes a breach.
Do I need AMP?
Yes! UCLA Policy 401, "Minimum Security Standards for Network Devices," requires it:
“Anti-malware software for any particular type of operating system must be running and up-to-date on every Device*, including clients, file servers, and mail servers. Products other than offered by the campus may be used if comparable.”
*Please note: This policy includes laptops, desktop computers, and servers. AMP is not required for mobile devices, such as smartphones.
How do I get AMP?
Because security is our priority, we offer top-notch defensive tools to UCLA Health Sciences faculty, staff, and students, free of charge. So if you’re using a school-issued computer, it should already be running AMP.
What if I need support?
If you have any reason to believe your school-issued computer might not be protected, please call 7-Care at 310-267-CARE (x7-2273) for 24/7 support or create a service request ticket to get in touch with a member of the Health Sciences Security Team. For in-person support, you may also visit IT Connect for walk-up support in the Center for Health Sciences (CHS) building.