Microsoft Defender to Replace Cylance for Anti-Virus at SMU

Microsoft Defender logoAll SMU Windows computers will transition from using CylancePROTECT to Microsoft Defender for Endpoint as an anti-malware application during the summer of 2023. Microsoft Defender for Endpoint is an industry-leading, cloud-powered endpoint security solution that helps to secure against ransomware, file-less malware, and other sophisticated attacks on Windows and macOS devices. Due to technical issues, the deployment for macOS will be scheduled during the upcoming academic year.

The good news is that the installation of the new software and removal of Cylance will occur behind the scenes. We do not anticipate any impact on your computer’s performance during the process or following. Beginning May 15, 2023, the installation task will be released to all Windows computers currently reporting to our client management software. The task will activate Microsoft Defender and uninstall Cylance. You will be prompted to reboot following the changes. While you have the ability to postpone the reboot, you should plan to reboot shortly after the prompt appears. The other change you’ll notice is the disappearance of the Cylance icon and the appearance of the Defender icon in your taskbar. Finally, you will be able to activate a scan at any time from the Windows Security Center.

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If you have any questions or concerns about the process, please contact the IT Help Desk or visit the Defender service page.

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Zach Peterson and Rachel Mulry

Zach is a Senior IT Training & Communications Consultant with OIT. Zach began his SMU career at the IT Help Desk in 2012 and joined the Training & Communications Team in 2015. He is a 2011 graduate from the University of North Texas and obtained a Master of Liberal Studies degree from SMU in 2018. He enjoys reading and collecting vintage and antique radio sets. He grew up in Valley View, Texas near Denton.