I’ve spent quite a bit of the last six months trying to encourage Computer Officers to co-operate for mutual benefit. I’m the current Chair of the Departmental IT Management Group (DITMG), formed to foster and support collaboration and co-operation amongst Computer Officers. To my surprise (probably naive) it’s proving difficult, and I’m trying to work out why. On the one hand, co-operation is natural to humans; we evolved as tribal groups, acting together to achieve more as a community than we could as individuals. At Cambridge though, Computer Officers frequently act as individuals, or in very small groups (i.e. their institutional IT team). This can mean they achieve less than they could acting as part of a larger group.
People frequently ask me whether behaviour they’ve seen on their PC or laptop is a virus, and as failure to recognise malware can cost you £1,000’s and lost data, it’s a pertinent question. Today, I was reminded of a particularly effective way of spotting malware.