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Secure Computing

Services that provide a secure computing environment for end users. 

Service Offerings

Endpoint Security Software

Northwestern has licensed the CrowdStrike Falcon software application for protecting managed endpoints against viruses, malware, and ransomware. This solution is an integral component of endpoint security, which utilizes artificial intelligence and a lightweight agent, providing visibility into the entire threat lifecycle and allowing IT and security professionals to act quickly and effectively to critical security events on Windows, Mac, and Linux devices.


Client Antivirus Software

CrowdStrike Falcon is Northwestern's licensed software application for protecting Northwestern-owned and managed machines and devices against viruses and other malware. For personally owned devices and machines not managed by the University, it is critical that students, faculty, and staff members install antivirus software, update virus definitions, and run virus scans daily. Northwestern IT recommends the following antivirus programs: Microsoft Defender, Sophos, and Avast.


Managed Firewall Services

Firewalls represent one component of a strategy to combat malicious activities and assaults on computing resources and network-accessible information.


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Last Updated: 30 June 2021

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