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Services and tools that safeguard the University’s computing resources and data. University IT provides services such as desktop configuration, mobile device management, authentication systems, antivirus software, firewalls, and network monitoring.

The Stanford anti-malware service consists of System Center Endpoint Protection (SCEP), Microsoft's enterprise anti-malware solution. This program protects your computer from viruses, adware/spyware, and other malicious software.

Stanford's anti-malware service for Windows 7 and 8/8.1 consists of System Center Endpoint Protection (SCEP), Microsoft's enterprise anti-malware solution. In addition to SCEP, University IT also offers the Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET), a protective Microsoft tool managed by BigFix

Carbon Black Protection (Cb Protection), formerly Bit9, is an application control product that allows departments to monitor and control application execution on systems.

Splunk software is used for searching, monitoring, and analyzing machine-generated big data via a web-style interface.

To ensure devices that can access Stanford data are only used by identified people, you need to complete a simple enrollment process. Enrollment associates your identity (that is, your SUNet ID) with each of your devices, and will eventually allow you to manage them.

The Secure Email service is designed for members of the Stanford community who plan to use email to transmit Protected Health Information (PHI) in accordance with the HIPAA guidelines. The most frequent use of this service will be from the Stanford School of Medicine.

The Stanford Whole Disk Encryption service is for both Windows and Macintosh desktop and laptop computers. This service will secure data using standard NIST-approved encryption of the computer hard disk. Once installed, all files are automatically encrypted. The data is protected at rest as long as the hard disk is password protected.

Endpoint Compliance Reports provide information to system and department administrators, local desktop support, and management to monitor compliance of the devices that connect to the Stanford network.

BigFix protects your computers with automatic security updates for operating systems and other popular software.

OSSEC is a file integrity monitoring application that records changes to a server's file system to help detect and investigate an intrusion or change.

Mobile Device Management (MDM) enables you to manage your mobile device through Stanford's web-based tool, and configures a profile that gives you secure access to internal systems while protecting the data on your device.

MyDevices lets Stanford affiliates look up the devices associated with them and see whether the devices are verifiably encrypted. 

The Phishing Awareness Service uses simulated phishing emails to train participants to recognize, report, and avoid phishing attacks. The service is available to eligible groups upon request.

A Privileged Access Workstation (PAW), also called a Personal Bastion Host (PBH), provides a dedicated computing environment for sensitive tasks that is protected from Internet attacks and other threat vectors.

SAML 2.0 is one in a set of authentication and authorization technologies underlying Stanford WebLogin, which provides access by individuals across organizations to protected web pages and applications, with just one login action.

An SSL certificate is a signed electronic guarantee that verifies the authenticity of a particular server. It's used for providing web pages through an encrypted connection. Any service accessible by SSL must have a certificate, including any web server with encrypted or “secure” content.

BigFix for Servers is a tool for IT server administrators to view overall inventory, deploy software, and manage configurations.

Stanford Information Security Academy (SISA) supports the ongoing professional growth of system administrators and web developers.

Borrow an iPad, MacBook, or Surface Pro when traveling to a high-risk country to reduce your exposure to data and identity theft.

Two-step authentication uses two types of authentication to verify your identity. First, you need to log in with your SUNet ID and password. Then you need  a physical device that you control—such as your mobile phone, tablet, or landline phone—to verify your identity. This type of authentication is required to access Stanford systems that have higher than normal levels of security, such as critical business or infrastructure systems. In addition, two-step authentication can help protect your Stanford account should someone else learn your password.

Stanford University has standardized on Duo for two-step authentication to Stanford-managed servers. Static login credentials are susceptible to phishing and offline cracking. Two-step authentication adds a dynamic component to logins, which significantly mitigates this risk. Two-step authentication is required for all interactive user and administrator logins to Moderate and High Risk systems.

VLRE provides encryption verification without requiring BigFix. VLRE is a read-only application that periodically reports on the computer's encryption status and screensaver password status, leaving maintenance of the computer entirely to the user.

Stanford’s VPN service allows any Stanford affiliate to connect to SUNet remotely from any available network connection almost anywhere in the world: including from home, from many hotels, and even from within some company networks.

Qualys vulnerability scanner finds security vulnerabilities in web applications and other network services and helps you remediate them.

WebAuth is a comprehensive system for authenticating web users that was developed to protect Stanford’s web sites in AFS space, but can be used in other environments that use Apache web server software. WebAuth relies on a login server that establishes a users identity on their first attempt to access a protected web site. Once the user has logged in to the login server, their identity is carried in a cookie and they will not need to enter their password again until their credentials expire, even if they visit other protected web sites.