In 2004, UC Davis adopted a set of computing security measures to improve security of the computing environment. Annually, all departments must report on their “cybersafety compliance”, which includes a computer-by-computer inventory of items such as patch level and antivirus software. Details on the program can be found here: http://security.ucdavis.edu/cybersafety.html
To dramatically reduce the overhead associated with Cybersafety reporting, the campus has purchased patch management/inventory management/software installation software from IBM titled BigFix. Computers with BigFix can be automatically secured and inventoried for Cybersafety. This frees IT staff time for more important tasks such as supporting research.
If you do not wish to have BigFix installed on one of your computers, you assume the responsibility of complying with the policy — including the annual Cybersafety inventory.