Planned Change

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IT@UMN Mac Security Update

The Office of Information Technology (OIT) is launching an effort to help our users with University-owned Apple computers comply with the University Security Policy.

What is the purpose of this project? 

In order to comply with University Information Security policy, OIT classifies and secures each University-owned computer with a security level determined by the type of data and information being accessed by your role. Complying with security policies is a shared responsibility between the University and employees. OIT's goal is to help protect both you and the University with enhanced computer and data security measures. These important security improvements will allow staff to maintain compliance with both University policies and federal law. 

How does this affect my device? 

Based on your role and job-related activities, a low, medium, or high security classification will be determined and applied. This will take place during a short meeting with an OIT representative. They will come to your office space, conduct a short survey, and take the appropriate next steps for your University-owned device based on your security level determination.  

Low Security Level

  • Operating system settings will be changed to make your computer more secure.

  • An application called “Self Service” will be installed on your computer, which will allow you to:

    • Easily install dozens of applications,

    • Ensure your applications are automatically updated,

    • Upgrade your operating system, and

    • Access University IT training resources.

  • Your device will be connected to the University’s lost and stolen computer location service.

Medium Security Level

  • Operating system settings will be changed to make your computer more secure.

  • An application called “Self Service” will be installed on your computer, which will allow you to:

    • Easily install dozens of applications,

    • Ensure your applications are automatically updated,

    • Upgrade your operating system, and

    • Access University IT training resources.

  • Additional security features will be added, including:

    • Hard drive encryption,

    • Lost or stolen computer tracking, and

    • Password protection after 15 minutes of inactivity.

High Security Level

  • Operating system settings will be changed to make your computer more secure.

  • An application called “Self Service” will be installed on your computer, which will allow you to:

    • Easily install dozens of applications,

    • Ensure your applications are automatically updated,

    • Upgrade your operating system, and

    • Access University IT training resources.

  • Additional security features will be added, including:

    • Hard drive encryption,

    • Lost or stolen computer tracking, and

    • Password protection after 15 minutes of inactivity.

  • Administrative rights will be limited.

Questions?

If you have any questions regarding changes to your computer, please contact Technology Help for assistance.

There is an exception process for those who need one to perform their job duties. Any exceptions will require sign off from appropriate leadership. We will work to identify alternative solutions to allow users to stay in the appropriate security level before seeking an exception. To inquire about a security level exception, please contact Technology Help.