CylancePROTECT now safeguards your home computers


CylancePROTECT Home Edition is no longer available to the SMU community and has been replaced by Microsoft Defender.

This service has ended, and CylancePROTECT Home Edition is no longer available to the SMU community. Microsoft Defender is now the preferred anti-virus platform for SMU. More information is available at

CylancePROTECT Home EditionSMU is pleased to introduce a new employee benefit to help you safeguard your family’s personal devices from malware, ransomware, and other cyber-attacks. We have partnered with Cylance® to protect our corporate devices, and as part of our steadfast commitment to information security, we are now happy to offer employees exclusive access to the same caliber of anti-malware/antivirus protection for up to 10 of your family’s devices (Windows and macOS supported) through Cylance’s Employee Purchase Program. For less than the cost of a Grande Iced Coffee, you can protect your home computer for a month from malware and viruses.

About CylancePROTECT

Existing antivirus solutions are no longer adequate in protecting us against malicious software. Traditional antivirus technologies rely on signatures that are created in response to newly discovered computer viruses after the fact. Developed in the 1990s, when there was an average of one new computer virus a month, traditional antivirus is not capable of protecting its users against today’s barrage of malicious software (half a million in one day) that threatens the world.

  • Traditional antivirus needs to be constantly updated with new signatures in response to newly discovered threats
  • Relying on signatures means some people must be infected for others to be protected
  • Consumers often complain that traditional antivirus software slows their system down

Consumers complain about annoying pop-ups from traditional antivirus that often asks users to make critical security decisions that they do not have enough information to make CylancePROTECT Home Edition does not require signature updates because it uses artificial intelligence to block known and unknown malicious software before it can infect a device and it does not slow down a computer like traditional antivirus. It gives you and your family peace of mind, allowing you to pursue your passions in a digital world without having to worry about becoming a victim of cybercriminals.

Key Benefits of CylancePROTECT

  • Proactive Protection: Predicts and blocks never-seen-before malware attacks on you and your loved ones—before it can harm your system
  • Simple and Effortless: Easy to install, manage, and configure; updates itself and automatically protects your devices for a set-it-and-forget-it security experience
  • Low-Performance Impact: Silently protects your devices without bogging down system performance

The Employee Purchase Program offered by Cylance gives you promotional prices and terms not available to the general public.
CylanceProtect@Home Email SentTo take advantage of this exclusive offer, follow the instructions in the following link to register and purchase your license: [redacted].
After your license has been created and setup, you can log into your CylancePROTECT Home Edition Web Portal at any time by going to [redacted].

UPDATED June 5, 2024: Added information about availability and the replacement service.

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George Finney

George Finney is the Chief Security Officer at Southern Methodist University. He is responsible for implementing and monitoring a diverse security infrastructure to protect the University network and data.