Fresno Unified School District

How Fresno Unified School District manages and secures 100,000 device fleet with Absolute Resilience®

Fresno Unified School District (USD) serves more than 74,000 students, from preschool through grade 12, preparing career-ready graduates through high-quality instruction, services, and resources. The thirdlargest district in California, they distribute, support, and manage over 100,000 devices across 90 schools.

Customer Case Study

Fresno Unified School District

Industry

  • Education

Country

  • United States

Platforms

  • Windows
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The Challenge

Fresno USD originally turned to Absolute Software to track and trace their Windows mobile devices. With Absolute uniquely embedded within the firmware of all their laptops, IT could see where they were at any time and remotely lock them if they fell into the wrong hands. But, when the districtowned fleet of devices increased to more than 20,000, it became challenging for IT to maintain an accurate device inventory.

Fresno USD’s sense of urgency to account for all devices grew significantly after rolling out a sweeping 1:1 program, which included more than 75,000 devices for students, teachers, and administrators. When the pandemic hit, the district - like so many across the nation - needed to rapidly equip every student for remote learning. And with an additional 25,000 laptops suddenly in the field, remote device management and data security took on even greater importance.

The Solution

To monitor, manage, remediate risk, and gather precise insights from across their fleet of more than 100,000 devices, Fresno Unified relies on the Absolute Resilience® platform.

Using patented Persistence® technology, Absolute forges an undeletable digital tether to every endpoint. Because the Absolute agent is factoryembedded in device firmware, it can survive any attempt to remove or disable it – and it extends this self-healing capability to critical controls such as VPN, anti-virus, and anti-malware applications.

Results

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Comprehensive fleet visibility and control
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Reduced security risk and device thefts
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Cost Savings

Some schools would say they had run out of devices, but we knew from the Absolute report that they had hundreds of laptops... saving us from buying hundreds of laptops we didn’t need to purchase.

Kurt Madden
CTO
Fresno Unified School District

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