We've been offering McAfee to our students when they request AV, but apparently we're losing that option this December, from what my security team has told me. I'm being asked to research a free AV solution for Macs for our students (I think if we're offering AV we should be providing a paid solution, not pointing to some free option considering the amount of money they pay to attend school, but that's just my opinion). That being said, does anyone have experience with a free macOS AV that they would recommend?
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Is this a 1 to 1 program or a BYOD? Because if it's a 1 to 1 I'd recommended the students not being admins and then the built in protections in macOS would probably be enough.
If it's a BYOD, again what's built into macOS may be good enough or on par with other free solutions.
Otherwise you basically get what you pay for...there are no good free solutions really
Thanks everyone - I agree with all of your points and I've already defended XProtect, SIP and Gatekeeper. It's just politics on their part to have a policy in case something were to happen, that we offered at least advice to the student. Turns out we're going to recommend the free version of Sophos Home and Malwarebytes if there needs to be some damage control.