Keeping devices secure, which helps protect all GW students, faculty and staff, is a shared responsibility between GW Information Technology and the entire GW community. GW IT provides a number of tips and guidelines for securing your computer and devices through strong passwords, physical security, firewalls and anti-virus protection.
University Owned Devices
University owned computers managed by GW IT have antivirus protection software installed. This software is also available in the Software Center (Windows OS) and Self Service (macOS). For assistance with antivirus protection software on University owned computers, please contact GW IT support.
GW IT recommends the following antivirus protection for personal devices:
|Windows OS||Personal devices should utilize the pre-installed Microsoft Defender Antivirus software.|
|macOS||Personal devices should utilize the free versions of Avira Antivirus or Sophos Home software.|
The Center for Internet Security (CIS) offers a security benchmark program to provide well-defined, unbiased and consensus-based industry best practices to help organizations assess and improve security. The GW Community has access to these services to help adopt security practices when designing and managing university resources.
The CIS Benchmark Program provides resources on secure configuration benchmarks, automated configuration assessment tools and content, security metrics and security software product certifications.
To learn more about membership benefits and how to register for an account, please review the Center for Internet Security solution in the GWiz Knowledge Base.
Passwords are used every day for a variety of reasons, and choosing strong passwords is crucial in protecting your privacy. When you create a password, be sure to:
A firewall acts as a barrier between the Internet and your computer or GW network and protects your device from viruses and other threats. Firewalls serve as a first defense against threats, and you should make sure you have them on your devices, but they do not protect your devices against all potential dangers.
GW IT provides Symantec Endpoint Protection, which includes a firewall, to all active GW students, staff and faculty; this software can be downloaded on the GW IT Software Downloads page.
Physical device security involves taking steps to protect your devices from theft and keep unwanted users from logging in to your computers or accessing your information.
To protect your computer and other devices, you should always:
Physical locks are the best means to prevent your laptop from being stolen, as they deter thieves looking for easy targets. Computer cable locks are easy-to-use solutions that loop and attach to inserts or brackets on your computer.
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