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Working Securely: information for Mac and iPad users

Meeting our security requirements for Apple Devices

To work securely we need to have tighter controls over who (and which devices) are able to access protected systems that contain sensitive data. Over the last few months we have been communicating regularly about the importance of our Device Security System (DSS) and the enrolment of self-managed computers. Enrolment helps to ensure your device meets the same minimum security standards as managed computers.

Up until now, Windows devices have been prioritised (as they make up the largest number of computers used across the institution), but we promised information for Mac-users would follow:

Now, we would like to work with Apple device users to take the steps needed to ensure they too meet minimum security standards and can connect to our network securely.

What does this mean for me?

This means if you are currently working on a University-owned but self-managed Apple device you will need to enrol it in the Device Security System.

Shortly we‘ll be asking Apple device users to follow some additional instructions to ensure the security and compliance of their devices and we'll publish specific guidance on this process – please do look out for these communications and follow the steps requested.

Get ready to work securely

3 Ways to Connect to University systems – 

To help ensure all personal, sensitive or confidential data can be protected, all devices – regardless of make, model, format or operating system – must be appropriately secure.

From 12th December 2020, there will be only 3 Ways to Connect to University systems:

  • Using a University owned, central or departmentally managed device (such as a School of Life Sciences managed Mac).
  • Using a University-owned but self-managed device, enrolled in the Device Security System (DSS) to ensure it meets the University’s minimum security requirements. We’ve been enrolling Windows devices, Macs are up next.
  • Using a privately-owned device via the Workspace virtual desktop - it's browser-based and will run on any platform - including Macs. In time we will have capacity for Workspace to be widely available to most users, as needed.

Security & Information Management is Everyone's Responsibility

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Who needs to know this?

This information concerns us all. If you use a Warwick staff card, a Warwick email address, access one of our staff or student record systems or share your Warwick work with colleagues within or beyond the University, you are involved in activities that must be kept secure.

Data Protection Officer
The University of Warwick
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Coventry CV4 8UW