The University provides Sophos Security at no cost to all members of the UMass Amherst community.
Sophos provides a comprehensive endpoint protection software solution. The university-licensed version includes anti-malware and disk encryption, data loss prevention, and firewalling. For a complete list of the Sophos Intercept X with EDR features, see: https://www.sophos.com/en-us/products/intercept-x/tech-specs.aspx.
- For university-owned devices managed by IT, check with your IT support administrator.
- For university-owned devices that are not managed by IT, download and install Sophos with full disk encryption. Full disk encryption is a foundational security control required for computers that house university data.
- If you have problems with installing the version of Sophos with full disk encryption, you can install a version of Sophos without encryption. Encryption will need to be enabled on your computer at a later date.
- For personal devices, follow these instructions to access the Sophos home use portal at home.sophos.com/edu/umass.
About Central Management
Software for university-owned computers connects to UMass Amherst IT's central console and receives software updates, policies, and configurations automatically. The central console also enables UMass Amherst IT to locate and respond to security threats and incidents more effectively and efficiently.
Note: Running more than one anti-virus software on your computer can cause serious conflicts. Before installing Sophos Security, make sure you do not have other anti-virus applications on your machine.
Note: Under a new university-wide contract, Sophos Intercept X Advanced is replacing McAfee endpoint protection at UMass Amherst. More information will follow.
For questions, contact the IT professional in your department as applicable, or IT User Services.