[unisog] MS Security Essentials and Forefront Client Security academic licensing

Brian Smith-Sweeney bsmithsweeney at nyu.edu
Thu Oct 29 15:17:09 GMT 2009

Confirmed, MS says the license applies "for any country [they've]
formally launched", which includes Canada.  For other folks: if you're
not in the US and are unsure whether or not this applies to you, I
suggest contacting your local MS representative.


Brian Smith-Sweeney wrote:
> Good question!  I assume the answer is the license holds just fine,   
> but have reached out to MS for confirmation.  I'll let you know what I  
> hear.
> On Oct 26, 2009, at 9:30 AM, "James A. McCloskey" <jamesm at uwo.ca> wrote:
>> Brian,
>> Many thanks for sharing this information.
>> As co-chair of the CUCCIO Information Security Special Interest  
>> Group <http://www.cuccio-cdpiuc.ca/en/special-interest-groups/security.php 
>>> (representing some 3 dozen Canadian HE institutions), I wonder if  
>> you are able to provide any clarity on the applicability of the MSE  
>> licensing breakthrough for non-US institutions.
>> Thanks again,
>> James A. McCloskey, CISSP
>> Central Information Security Officer
>> Information Technology Services
>> University of Western Ontario
>> jamesm at uwo.ca
>> 519-661-2111 x. 81091
>> Brian Smith-Sweeney wrote:
>>> Hello all,
>>> A number of higher-education security professionals have expressed  
>>> some
>>> concern over the licensing terms for Microsoft Security Essentials,
>>> officially released late September.  The "Use" section of that  
>>> license
>>> includes the following language[1]:
>>> "Use. You may install and use any number of copies of the software on
>>> your devices in your household for use by people who reside there  
>>> or for
>>> use in your home-based small business. "
>>> The REN-ISAC Microsoft Analysis Team[2] has been pursuing a
>>> cost-effective antivirus solution for higher-education with Microsoft
>>> for some time,  and so took it upon ourselves to get approval for the
>>> use of Security Essentials for students in higher ed.  I am pleased  
>>> to
>>> report that we have received the following official word from  
>>> Microsoft:
>>> "   * PCs owned by an academic institution should use Forefront  
>>> Client
>>> Security (this includes faculty machines owned and managed by the
>>> institution)
>>>    * Students, teachers and others may use MSE on their personally
>>> owned PCs.  If these machines are managed by the institution, FCS  
>>> is the
>>> preferred choice but Microsoft Security Essentials is still an  
>>> option."
>>> The second point - that student systems are covered by the MSE  
>>> license -
>>> is key.  In a year when many higher-education IT budgets are being  
>>> cut
>>> drastically we believe the availability of free anti-virus software  
>>> for
>>> students could be leveraged to significantly reduce AV licensing  
>>> costs,
>>> or allow those without an existing enterprise antivirus license to
>>> ensure their students are protected.
>>> I have asked MS to post this information on their website.  In the
>>> meanwhile I was told by an MS representative that it was acceptable  
>>> to
>>> post this to relevant higher-education websites.
>>> Those interested in pursuing the use of FCS on campus should talk to
>>> your Microsoft representative.
>>> I want to be clear that this is in no way an endorsement of one
>>> anti-virus product over another, and neither I nor anyone else on the
>>> MAT will be able to provide guidance on the relative effectiveness of
>>> these products.  The goal of this project was to make sure there  
>>> was a
>>> cost-effective solution available to those that needed one.
>>> Please let me know if you have any questions about the MAT or this
>>> project.
>>> On behalf of the REN-ISAC MAT,
>>> Brian
>>> [1] http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials/eula.aspx#mainNav
>>> [2] http://www.ren-isac.net/advisory.html#microsoft
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