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This page provides important updates from the college, campus, and system regarding information security and compliance issues that affect the campus and personal computing.

McAfee Antivirus

The agreement with McAfee that allows us to provide antivirus software to home users (faculty, staff and students) is not being renewed. Beginning on December 16th, 2022: updates will no longer be available for those who have installed the software on their personal computers. While the university has moved to Crowdstrike for on-campus computing, home use is not included in the agreement. You will need to find a new solution for antivirus protection on your home computer.

Date: December 1, 2022

Tik-Tok

Greg Abbott, the Governor of the State of Texas has issued the following directive regarding the popular video-sharing service, Tik-Tok:

Effective immediately, every state agency in Texas shall ban its officers and employees from downloading or using TikTok on any of its government-issued devices. This TikTok ban extends to all state-issued cell phones, laptops, tablets, desktop computers, and other devices capable of internet connectivity.

The full text of the directive can be found here.

A block on the Tik-Tok URL has been placed on all College of Visual Arts and Design devices.

Date: December 7, 2022