University of Wisconsin–Madison
UW Office of Cybersecurity

Unlicensed Malwarebytes use on campus

IT Colleagues,

We’ve been advised by the cybersecurity company Malwarebytes that there may be unlicensed installations of their Malwarebytes anti-malware software on UW–Madison-owned systems. Unless departments or units have purchased a valid license for Malwarebytes, it should be removed from all machines that are being used in support of university business. In addition, Malwarebytes should not be registered on any computer using an @wisc.edu email address unless a license has been purchased.

The Office of Cybersecurity recommends the use of Cisco AMP for the protection of university-managed devices when compatible. In addition, the Office of Cybersecurity is working with campus IT representatives to develop recommendations for endpoint protection on devices that are not compatible with Cisco AMP as well as malware remediation. We will share that information when available.

For those using DoIT Departmental Support’s Managed Security Layer service, Malwarebytes will be removed from your systems during your next regularly scheduled patch cycle.

If you have questions or feedback on Cisco AMP or endpoint security use cases, please contact cybersecurity@cio.wisc.edu.

Bob Turner, Chief Information Security Officer, UW–Madison Office of Cybersecurity