On-access scanning

You can configure OneFS to send files to be scanned before they are opened, after they are closed, or both. Sending files to be scanned after they are closed is faster but less secure. Sending files to be scanned before they are opened is slower but more secure.

If OneFS is configured to ensure that files are scanned after they are closed, when a user creates or modifies a file on the cluster, OneFS queues the file to be scanned. OneFS then sends the file to an ICAP server to be scanned when convenient. In this configuration, users can always access files without any delay. However, it is possible that after a user modifies or creates a file, a second user might access the file before the file is scanned. If a virus was introduced to the file from the first user, the second user will be able to access the infected file. Also, if an ICAP server is unable to scan a file, the file will still be accessible to users.

If OneFS ensures that files are scanned before they are opened, when a user attempts to download a file from the cluster, OneFS first sends the file to an ICAP server to be scanned. The file is not sent to the user until the scan is complete. Scanning files before they are opened is more secure than scanning files after they are closed, because users can access only scanned files. However, scanning files before they are opened requires users to wait for files to be scanned. You can also configure OneFS to deny access to files that cannot be scanned by an ICAP server, which can increase the delay. For example, if no ICAP servers are available, users will not be able to access any files until the ICAP servers become available again.

If you configure OneFS to ensure that files are scanned before they are opened, it is recommended that you also configure OneFS to ensure that files are scanned after they are closed. Scanning files as they are both opened and closed will not necessarily improve security, but it will usually improve data availability when compared to scanning files only when they are opened. If a user wants to access a file, the file may have already been scanned after the file was last modified, and will not need to be scanned again if the ICAP server database has not been updated since the last scan.