How Absolute Resilience® helped Fresno School District secure 100,000 devices

Using its suite of flagship programs, Absolute equipped Fresno School District with complete visibility, control, and self-healing endpoint security for all of its devices.

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Fresno Unified School District (USD) serves more than 74,000 students - from preschool through grade 12 - preparing career-ready graduates through high-quality instruction, resources, and district programs and services.

Visibility

Comprehensive Fleet Visibility

Devices

Reduced Device Thefts

Protect

CIPA-Compliant Protection

"We started using Absolute reporting as a sanity check against our physical inventorying. Now, the Absolute report is our inventory."

Kurt Madden, Chief Technology Officer
Fresno USD

Fresno Unified School District

THE STORY

Fast-moving 1-to-1 program support

When the pandemic hit, the district had to quickly prepare every student for remote learning. After implementing a sweeping 1-to-1 initiative that included thousands of devices for students, teachers, and administrators, Fresno USD's sense of urgency to account for all devices grew significantly.

With Absolute installed on their endpoints, the district can now confidently manage the assets needed to provide a secure remote learning environment

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THE SOLUTIONS

How they did it

Addressing growing pains

Fresno Unified School District (USD) originally turned to Absolute Software to trace their Windows mobile devices. When the district's fleet of devices grew beyond 20,000, IT found it difficult to keep track of them. With the abrupt change to remote learning, the district needed a more efficient way to manage their endpoints, fast.

Activating Absolute’s unique, firmware-embedded connection allowed their IT team to track every laptop’s movement at any time, and remotely lock devices if they fell into the wrong hands.

Visibility and control of 100,000 device fleet

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

Using patented Persistence® technology, Absolute forged an undeletable digital tether to every endpoint. Because the Absolute agent is factory-embedded 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.

Reducing loss and remediating threats

With Absolute's unbreakable connection to every device, Fresno USD was able to create an effective remote learning environment while streamlining asset management for its entire fleet.

“Some schools would say they had run out of devices, but we knew from the Absolute report that they had hundreds of laptops. We would go room to room at the school site and find them – saving us from buying hundreds of devices we didn’t actually need to purchase.”

The team also used Absolute Reach® to mitigate vulnerabilities and automate fixes, and the platform allowed Fresno USD to monitor the status of security controls like Virtual Private Networks, ensuring they remain healthy, installed, and undeletable.

"Absolute continues to innovate and provide the services we need. It’s a long-term partnership, and we look forward to many more years as an Absolute customer."

Kurt Madden, Chief Technology Officer
Fresno USD

THE RESULTS

Streamlined asset management, more secure devices

From device tracking to persisting key applications in the era of remote learning, Fresno USD has seen significant ROI with Absolute.

The partnership has helped advance major technological initiatives to help teachers be the best they can be during unprecedented times.

Dashboard

Fresno USD relies on Absolute for:

Web Usage

Absolute Visibility®

Gain visibility across devices by ensuring endpoints never go dark — on or off the network.

Visibility

Absolute Control®

Maintain compliance across your fleet by remotely responding to security risks at scale.

Recover

Application Persistence

Enhance your security by triggering self-healing for mission-critical apps.

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