This software helps to protect you and the HMS community from security risks. Visit our page on security software for more information on required and recommended apps and tools.
Systems management software (SMS)
Systems management software (SMS) helps HMS IT protect your system by enabling the distribution of applications crucial to the School's information security. Check if you have SMS installed on your computer and install systems management software if needed.
Antivirus and anti-malware
For faculty and staff – Quad-based faculty and staff at HMS, HSDM, and Wyss must install ESET Antivirus on any Harvard-owned or grant-purchased system connected to the HMS network or used to conduct HMS business.
For students and others – Other members of the HMS community must also have antivirus protection on both Windows and macOS. Windows users: Ensure that Microsoft Defender Antivirus is active. macOS users: Download free antivirus protection from Avast One.
Adobe Creative Cloud
Faculty, staff, and students at Harvard Medical School (HMS), Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM), and Wyss can access Adobe Creative Cloud through HarvardKey.
Visit our page on Adobe Creative Cloud to learn more.
Harvard University offers access to popular Microsoft software like Word, Powerpoint, Excel, and Endnote. This software is available to faculty, staff, and students.
CrashPlan continuously backs up the data on your computer so that you can restore it if you lose your computer, your hard drive breaks, or even if you just accidentally delete something.
Quad-based faculty, staff, and students are eligible for CrashPlan. Learn more about CrashPlan at HMS.
Research Computing has a list of additional research software that you can use.