MWS Endpoint Protection Transition

Last updated: May 24, 2024

What is changing and why

The Managed Workstation service is shifting the standard antivirus solution from Sophos Intercept X to Microsoft Defender for Endpoints (MDE). MDE protects against software threats like viruses, malware, and spyware to help keep both personal files and University systems safe.

Additional information about Microsoft Defender for Endpoint is available here.

What the migration process looks like

Over the next few weeks the Managed Workstation service will perform an automated uninstall of Sophos from Managed Workstations after hours, this install does require a restart so users should save their work and log off at the end of their working day.

Customer actions needed

  • Owners or technical contacts should notify users of this change and the timeframe for the changeover.

Communications Plan

Managed Workstation customer owners and technical contacts will receive information on the scheduled date and time for the Sophos uninstall.


Contact, subject line MWS Microsoft Defender if you have questions or concerns.