Personal Device Security Desktop and Mobile Device Support

Recommendations for securing your personally owned device on the University's network.

Getting Started

University Students, Faculty, and Staff are encouraged to maintain safe and secure personal devices with up-to-date software and appropriate security protections to safeguard personal data. When using a personally owned computer or device on the University of Nebraska network, you are responsible for maintaining the security of your device. Information Technology Services (ITS) provides Students, Faculty, and Staff with resources to assist with digital security posture.

Personal Device Security Checklist:

  • Run a Supported Operating System
    Your device should run a modern operating system that is supported with frequent updates. List of Supported Operating Systems
  • Enable Automatic Updates
    Ensure the latest updates are downloaded and installed as they become available. Automatic Updates Guide
  • Install Cortex XDR
    Cortex is an extended detection and response app that uses real-time detection to respond to malware and other sophisticated attacks while preventing malicious software from running on devices. This application is available for installation on personally-owned devices for faculty, staff and students. Cortex XDR Installation Guide
  • Enable System Firewall
    A system firewall blocks unnecessary connections to your device. System Firewall Guide
  • Enable Full Disk Encryption
    Using Full Disk Encryption can decrease the likelihood of unauthorized access if a device is lost or stolen. Full Disk Encryption Guide


BYOD Connecting to Network Restricted Resources (University Employees)

"Bring Your Own Device" (BYOD) describes personally owned laptops, desktops, and mobile devices used by university employees to conduct university business. The following applications perform endpoint posture assessments to ensure appropriate security is in place before a device accesses network restricted resources. 

  • ClearPass OnGuard (On campus)
    An application that performs posture assessments while a device is connected to eduroam or the wired network on campus.
    OnGuard Installation Guide
  • Install GlobalProtect (Off campus)
    A virtual private network (VPN) application that performs posture assessments and extends the appropriate university network to a device in any location.
    GlobalProtect Installation Guide