Viruses, worms, trojans and other malware are now an everyday occurrence in the connected world. They can spread quickly across networks such as the Internet, causing considerable damage in the process. It is very important that you protect your devices against these infections, as failure to do so can result in the compromise of your banking details and credit/debit card information as well as the loss of your photographs, music, essays, correspondence etc.
OxCERT strongly recommends that you take steps to protect your devices, including backing up data, installing up-to-date anti-virus software and keeping the operating system and other vulnerable software up to date. For more information on how to protect your computer please see the Information Security website.
Sophos Intercept X
If you don't have up-to-date anti-virus software installed, members of Oxford University can download and install Sophos Intercept X free of charge. Sophos Intercept X can be installed on all personally owned and work devices and will be valid for four years rolling from the first of October. This service will be managed by Information Security Team and be configured to protect privacy and collect as little personal data as possible (e.g. no device encryption, tamper protection, or web filtering).
Please refer to the table below for downloads and documentation for Sophos clients for various operating systems.
|Operating System||Information||Download Sophos From|
|Windows||Sophos for Windows information||Registration|
|macOS||Sophos for macOS information||Registration|
|Linux||Sophos for Linux instructions||Sophos Website|
A bring your own device (BYOD) is either not owned by the University or a college, or the user being empowered to take responsibility for the management of the security of the device (e.g. on a self-managed but college owned laptop). If you are installing Sophos on a BYOD then please see the following help page for more detailed information on this policy.
IT Support Staff
Documentation and other resources for ITSS on Endpoint Security can be found here.
How to get support
If you are requesting support for a personally managed device or for general advice please contact the Service Desk.
If you are requesting support for a University or Department owned device, please contact your Local IT Support Staff.