About Pepperdine Device Management
Thursday, May 27, 2021
This is a temporary measure to allow the continued use of Jabber Softphone and VPN on Big Sur Macs while the vendors troubleshoot the problem. Pepperdine's Information Security Office has permitted this change with the understanding that it is temporary and that the bulk of protection on modern computers comes from the security patch updates that will continue to be applied by Device Management powered by KACE.
Adding a different antivirus software at this time is not recommended because of the unknown interactions and the expectation that Sophos AV will be reinstalled this summer.
Thursday, October 1, 2020
In our environment, there is a range of versions of Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc...). Some of those versions are going out-of-support and therefore present security concerns. Therefore, Pepperdine Device Management will be prompting users to update to the latest Office version, 2019. Further details can be found on Microsoft's documentation site.
Any device with any of the following versions of Office installed will be prompted to update:
- Windows: Office 2010 and below
- Mac: Office 2016 and below
Starting Monday, October 5th, affected computers will display this message:
Please start the install at your earliest convenience. Please allocate about 15 minutes during which time you can use your computer but not your Office apps. The length of time of install may vary greatly between devices based on a number of factors. If your install does not seem to be processing correctly, please reach out to your local IT specialist or call 310-506-4357 to request technician intervention.
Thursday, February 14, 2019
Periodic reboots are advised for every personal computer. Make sure to take a break and keep your computer up-to-date by proceeding with a reboot when prompted by your OS or the Device Management agent.
Monday, January 7, 2019
Why Don't I Already Have Device Management?The two most common reasons are the computer was bought on a PCard and not delivered to a technician to set up or that the technician forgot this step in the job procedures. We apologize for the extra trouble associated with this notice, but the two options above should get this sorted out timely.
The University Does Not Own This Computer!Some people have reported to IT technicians that they knowingly marked their computers as University Owned because they thought that status gives them greater benefits. Of course, some people may do this in error. Without distinguishing between causes, if your computer is really a personal purchase, contact the information security office x4040 while sitting in front of your computer. ISO will work with you to change the registration. This service is only available by phone conversation with the registered user of the computer. Conversely IT technicians will not work with you to register a University owned computer as personally owned for the purpose of evading automated updates because this would put them in violation of their annually signed code of conduct. Maintaining your personally owned device free of security vulnerabilities is your responsibility and damage caused by exploited insecurities on your personal device is your liability. IT does not manage personally owned devices. For more information and a resource to maintain security of your personally owned device try browsercheck.pepperdine.edu.
If Your Computer Is Blocked:As noted in the email you received, University owned computers without Device Management are blocked after 10 days. Please contact the IT Service Desk x4357 to schedule an appointment on the next available time slot to install your Device Management agent and get the computer unblocked by the end of the next business day.
Thursday, August 16, 2018
Macintosh computers are not managed by the Windows domain, so the agent cannot be installed automatically. Macs are often bought by University PCard and set up by the assigned user, rather than by a technician, or technician's forget to install the agent.
Beginning in February 2018 the DM team worked to create service desk tickets to help get the agent installed on University purchased assets that didn't have it. As of August 16, 2018 95 Macs still don't have the agent.
To avoid a return to regular exploitation of University computers by cyber criminals, today the Information Security Office contacted all our colleagues who registered a Mac computer that does not have Device Management to ask them to install the agent.
The message requesting this action is personalized with the registrant's first name, NetworkID, the name of the specific computer and its ethernet address. If you received an email like this from ISO dated 8/16/18 at 3:47-49 pm, please follow the instructions in the message. If you would like further confirmation or assistance, please contact the IT service desk. (Second Notice to be sent 9/12/18).
Note that NO ONE from University IT will ever ask you for your password nor can they send you a SecureConnect/DUO push or token. If someone calls or emails requesting your password ( or sends a push or a token you did not generate ) hang up and call the Information Security Office.
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Currently, the most up-to-date version is Office 2016 (available for both Mac and Windows computers). Any computer on which 2011 is removed will have this latest-and-greatest Office suite installed automatically. There will be no lag-time between the two versions: As soon as Office 2011 is uninstalled, Office 2016 will be available in a Mac's "Applications" directory.
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
- View multiple PDFs through a tabbed interface
- Quickly "compare" the differences between two documents
- Add bulleted lists when editing text directly in Acrobat
- Learn more about the new features in Adobe Acrobat 2017.