All installations of Symantec Endpoint Protection (SEP) on UB-owned equipment, and installations on faculty/staff personal equipment using UB-provided installers, should have been removed by August 13, 2021.
After August 13, 2021. installations of Symantec are no longer licensed. They may appear to continue working, but do not receive the latest virus updates and it will no longer provide the best possible security.
Faculty and staff should refer to the "Personally Owned Devices page for instructions on removing Symantec Endpoint and installing Windows Defender for PC or a third-party recommended solution for Mac on their personally owned devices.
IT staff can use the resources below to configure UB-owned equipment to use Microsoft Defender or Microsoft Defender for Endpoint.
Microsoft Defender is a free antimalware client that comes as part of the Windows 10, Server 2019, and Server 2016(1709+) Operating Systems. Microsoft Defender can be configured on an enterprise scale using Group Policy or Microsoft System Center / Endpoint Manager (SCCM/MEM)
Microsoft Defender alone may be sufficient for workstations that are otherwise monitored, do not store user profiles, and do not access sensitive data - e.g. student computing labs, digital signage, kiosk computers.
Microsoft Defender for Endpoint (MDE) is a licensed, cloud-hosted component of the Microsoft Security suite. MDE provides additional monitoring, reporting, and protection options. MDE is required for all UB-owned servers. MDE is recommended for all workstations used by faculty and staff, and for all UB-supported workstations that access sensitive data.
For older Microsoft operating systems (Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server 2016(1709-)), contact the EIS-SPS team to request the System Center Endpoint Protection installer.
Microsoft Defender ATP is the Mac client for Windows Defender for Endpoint. Refer to the "Mac Clients" page for instructions on installing and configuring Microsoft Defender ATP.
Microsoft Defender for Endpoint is a licensed product. UB's Microsoft license covers UB-owned equipment that is used by employees with a faculty/staff appointment. Additional licenses may be needed to use MDE on computers used by students or by employees with different appointment types.