Absolute Software

A natural complement to any 1:1 program or smart learning initiative

Absolute Software in Education:
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Absolute Safe Schools

Protection, deterrence and recovery of mobile devices
Absolute Safe Schools is an integrated progra...
Absolute Software

The industry standard for Persistent Endpoint Security and Management
30,000 global customers managing ...
Absolute Software

The industry standard for Persistent Endpoint Security and Management
Absolute Manage
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Remotely securing and managing Education devices for 20+years
• Technology partnerships with all major device manufacturers
• Security and managment provider to the largest 1:1 programs in Asia-Pacific
• 80% of the top 20 largest U.S. school districts are Absolute customers

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  1. 1. Absolute Software A natural complement to any 1:1 program or smart learning initiative Absolute Software in Education: • Remotely securing and managing Education devices for 20+years • Technology partnerships with all major device manufacturers • Security and managment provider to the largest 1:1 programs in Asia-Pacific • 80% of the top 20 largest U.S. school districts are Absolute customers Chicago Public Schools 400,000 students across 675 schools. CHALLENGE PLATFORMS Given the large geographical area and the vast student population, Chicago Public Schools encountered many challenges in securing and managing the thousands of computers and mobile devices they’ve integrated into the learning experience. Top concerns included loss and theft, scheduled maintenance, inventory management, and the significant resources they needed to invest to manage such a large and diverse deployment. SOLUTIONS THE SOLUTION “The key benefits for us were the easy learning curve, using a single pane of glass to manage multiple types of devices, the unparalleled customer service, and competitive pricing. We intend to continue working with Absolute to track, manage, and protect all of our school’s devices.” Kathie Iorizzo Client Systems and Security Engineer Chicago Public Schools After a review of available solutions, CPS selected Computrace and Absolute Manage to automate the management of its computer and mobile device population. Since implementing Absolute products, Chicago Public Schools has experienced numerous benefits. As a result, the IT administration team is now able to deliver a fast, cost-effective and secure computing experience – freeing administrators, teaching staff and students to focus on learning outcomes. RESULTS Since implementing Absolute products, Chicago Public Schools has experienced numerous benefits. Through Absolute Manage, they have been able to reduce support calls by 70%. Over 350 stolen devices have been recovered with Computrace, representing substantial cost savings, and minimize the resources required to prepare devices for new users to each semester. “We selected Computrace because of its reputation, functionality and performance. It has a great reputation in the data security category, and we knew that it had worked well for similar 1:1 programs. Absolute also has a lot of experience in the education space – so we knew it was a good fit to protect our laptops.” Joe Five, Director of Technology & Information Services Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools +44 118 902 2000 info@emea.absolute.com
  2. 2. Absolute Safe Schools Protection, deterrence and recovery of mobile devices Absolute Safe Schools is an integrated program that is included with Absolute Computrace theft recovery products. Based on the experience and capabilities of the Absolute Investigations & Recovery Services team, Absolute Safe Schools can help keep students and the community safe. STOP tEd & tRacKEd BY: dEVIcE IS PRotEc “Safe and Secure.” If found contact 1-855- 637-8527 found@absolute.com How It Works Absolute Safe Schools provides a safe environment and promotes student security by providing: Protect • Educate students, teachers, and staff • Identify and reduce risk Deter • Protected Campus status • Community awareness • Anti-theft device stickers Recover • Found devices are returned • Rapid response for stolen devices Protection Education is a crucial component since it teaches students how to avoid situations where they may be at risk. Native language instructional videos and other appropriate material will be provided to train students, parents, and faculty, providing them with best practices and safe actions to protect their device from loss or theft. Deterence By providing a safer environment, some risks can be deterred completely. Absolute Safe Schools includes on-site promotional material that clearly designates “Protected Campus” status throughout each school setting. Criminals will know devices are protected and the local community will be aware of the increased vigilance. Key components include: • Prevention and safety education for students, teachers, parents, and staff • Initial assessment of device storage and security protocols • Safety awareness and Protected Campus deterrent materials including anti-theft device stickers, on-site signage, and community outreach • Messaging for schools to drive awareness in the communities • Ongoing interaction with school police and crime prevention officers Theft & Loss Recovery In the event of theft or if a lost device is found, each school district will be assigned a single point of contact within the Absolute Investigations team. Leveraging the team’s proven rapid response and with device data collected using Absolute Computrace technology, the investigator will work closely with local authorities to get the device back. The Absolute Investigations team will also provide post-event analysis to determine the cause of the incident for future prevention. Top 9 Tips for Keeping Your School Device Safe and Secure 1 Keep your device out of sight +44 118 902 2000 2 L DON’T TEL OTHERS THAT VE YOU HA E A DEVIC info@emea.absolute.com 3 4 Never leave your device unattended DON’T LEND YOUR DEVICE TO ANYONE 5 DON’T USE YOUR DEVICE IN PLACES WHERE IT MAY BE DAMAGED 6 DONʻT LEAVE YOUR DEVICE IN THE CAR 7 8 9 Don’t use your device in public places Pay attention to your surroundings ALWAYS RETURN YOUR DEVICE TO A TEACHER OR A SCHOOL ADMINISTRATOR
  3. 3. Absolute Software The industry standard for Persistent Endpoint Security and Management 30,000 global customers managing over 6 million devices Absolute customers benefit from comprehensive visibility and control over all of their devices and the data they contain – regardless of user or location, both on and off network – allowing them to optimize productivity, reduce operating costs, prove compliance, and remotely secure all of their devices. Our solutions secure, manage, and deliver IT services to millions of people and devices. Our customers range from individuals to the largest public and private sector organizations, spanning all industries including education, healthcare, corporate, and government. Absolute Computrace Key Benefits: • Absolute Persistence Technology: Have visibility across all devices in the deployment, regardless if the device is on or off the network, or efforts are made to remove the agent. No other technology can do this. Our patented technology is built into the BIOS or firmware of tens of millions of laptops, smartphones and tablets during the manufacturing process. • Data & Device Security: Remotely delete sensitive data or freeze/lock/wipe missing devices. Take proactive measures to ensure all devices (and the data they contain) are secure. • Simple deployment: Automate the on-boarding process by enabling the Computrace agent when devices leave the factory, significantly reducing the work required by IT through minimizing the deployment time. Alternatively the Computrace agent can be included in the master image with Absolute Manage for a zero-touch deployment. Features and Capabilites: • Asset Administration: View all devices or selected groups from a single cloud-based console. Create reports and alerts based on the hundreds of information items collected from each device to ensure any suspicous activity is quickly discovered and remediated • Theft Recovery: The Absolute Theft Recovery team has recovered more than 30,000 devices in over 100 countries 2n 1s nA ve gto Av e xin Le 3rd rk Pa Av e FDR Dr 1s S tA ve 2n d Broadwa tA ve tte fay e Av e Ave n Ke nt FDR ue D Dr La ntr St sbur gB ridge Met ropo Ch urc hS wa t y Bro N tW gS Will ve eA ge sbur ridge id Br York St Le IT Administrator nB N lyn Dr Ave gB rid Bro ge adw ay hatta R FD litan sbur iam Hwy Bro ad nd ad aggio iam Gra FDR Dr t l St Kent Ave Joe Dim St Man St Tu n St iam rS uth 5th Will ate W So wn E Broadway k oo erry YF d-N lan s Is Elli on Will Chinatown Br Digital Assets E2 4th Little Italy St wa y al idto Ce Absolute Monitoring Centre an eS t oust C M St London EH Tribeca 9th E1 wa iva e Su ll Soho ns Lower East Side ad t Bro nS t rS ee ne E2 1s y ke Qu dA ve 2n l yP 4th Ave rsit Un 6th ive Av e 7th ec St St Ave 4th 3rd 3rd E1 E2 East Village Ble St y Av e W W 14th 13 S rd t St Ave Washington Agent Reinstalled Varick St d Tunnel 6th Av Greenwich St Hudson St Greenwich Village Hollan St Av e Av e St rd St th 23 6th 14 7th Av e 8th 10 th A ve 11th Ave Hudson St W St Agent Missing Broadway 4th W tA ve E3 Chelsea dA ve • Geotechnology: Track assets on an internet map regardless of network status; create geofences to trigger alerts Sands St The Computrace and Absolute Manage Agents are automatically reinstalled so that IT Administrators can track, manage, and secure all devices regardless of user or location +44 118 902 2000 info@emea.absolute.com
  4. 4. Absolute Software The industry standard for Persistent Endpoint Security and Management Absolute Manage Key Benefits: • Persistent Endpoint Management: Absolute Manage leverages Absolute’s patented persistence technology, ensuring the software client automatically reinstalls if it is removed from the device (accidentally or on purpose). Customers can manage and secure devices regardless of their location. No other endpoint management solution features this unique technology • Unique Smart Groups Policies: Automated workflows can easily be created, allowing applications, documents, restrictions or policies to be pushed to devices when selected criteria is met, reducing the resources needed to manage a changing IT environment and user requirements. • Unified Client Lifecycle Management: Manage Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android and Windows Phone devices from a single console. • Integrate with Existing Infrastructure: Complement and leverage exisitng IT investments, while expanding capabilites into areas such as off network device patching. Native integration with directory services results in simple end-user enrollment and automated workflows, ensuring the correct users and departments automatically receive the neccesary updates and applications. Features and Capabilites: • Application License Management: Track and manage installed applications and licenses on all the devices in a deployment • Security, Change Configuration Management: Remotely engage with devices and perform standard maintenance routines as well as take strategic and responsive measures based upon the requirements of each device. Monitor and enforce configuration policies, including the ability to remotely lock a device, clear a password, and wipe a device clean to factory settings, while maintaing full management of the device • Automated Patch Management: Centrally manage and install patches on PC’s, even if the device is off the network • Computer Imaging: Install a complete operating system and standardized applications • Asset Inventory: Gather hundreds of hardware and software information items, and build customized reports • Power Management: Save money by implementing power management policies “Faculty and staff no longer need to try to remember to perform updates. Now we do it for them – they don’t even need to know – so they can focus on their academic work. The benefits are clear. We know everyone is using the latest software versions, ensuring that our investment into each device is protected by the latest security updates.” Absolute customers can eliminate the need for multiple products, managing and securing all devices and operating systems from a single console. +44 118 902 2000 info@emea.absolute.com Ryan Nix, Senior IT Consultant Northwestern University
  5. 5. Absolute Software Unique technology from the trusted partner in Education Partnering with Absolute Software provides: Persistent Endpoint Security and Management: Patented Absolute persistence technology provides a constant connection to all devices, regardless of the user or location. Through our partnerships with leading manufacturers, the Absolute persistence module is embedded into the firmware of computers, tablets and smartphones at the factory. Even if the firmware is flashed,the device is re-imaged,the hard drive is replaced, or the tablet/smartphone is wiped clean to factory settings, the persistence module reinstalls the software agents, providing customers with a trusted lifeline to each device in their deployment. No other technology can do this. Benefit to UAE Smart Learning Initiative: Track and manage all devices, regardless of what is done to the device. This constant connection means critical applications or security patches can be distributed, and lost or stolen devices can be tracked and returned. This technology maximises UAE’s technology investment and ensures all students receive the latest updates and learning materials, regardless of their location or status of the device. Consequences without: If the software client is removed from a device that does not have Absolute persistence, IT will no longer be able to monitor, manage, and control, the device. Security patches and applications cannot be deployed, and devices can no longer be tracked if lost or stolen. The students ability to use the device as a learning tool is minimized. Management of devices on and off the network: Absolute technology only requires an internet connection so devices do not have to be connected to a school network. This ensures devices can be secured and managed regardless of location. Benefit to UAE Smart Learning Initiative: Patches, applications, and even full operating system images can be deployed to devices regardless of their location. This is especially important in mobile enviroments that don’t rely on the traditional network infrastructure. With Absolute technology, devices are constantly secured and managed. Consequences without: Devices would have to remain on the school network for any patches to be deployed, severely impacting the ability to distribute any critical security updates. Streamlined deployment from a trusted partner in 1:1 programs and smart learning initiatives: Absolute Software supports many of the largest Education deployments around the world. Education is in our DNA. Through relationships with device manufacturers our technology can be activated as devices leave the factory, simplifying the onboarding process. With Absolute persistence technology, devices are continually secured and managed throughout their lifecycle. Benefit to UAE Smart Learning Initiative: Assurance that UAE is working alongside a trusted partner in education. Absolute technology provides unparalleled visibility of all devices, regardless of their location or status. Consequences without: Other technology vendors cannot provide the experience and knowledge that Absolute has acquired after 20+ years of working closely with Education organizations around the world. With other solutions agents have to be manually configured after they are shipped. “Computrace was exactly what we wanted and checked every single box. It’s an innovative yet well-established product in the marketplace. Plus Absolute has an impressive track record in education.We’re commited to making progressive IT investments that provide our students with the latest technology and tools, and Absolute is a great partner in providing the security and asset management support critical to building the mobile classroom.” Chris Rhonda, Vice President for Information Services and CIO Thomas College +44 118 902 2000 info@emea.absolute.com ABT-UAE-Smart-Learning-Business-Case-120413

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