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Network and Policy Management System
The College has recently implemented a system called SafeConnect used to manage
the residential and wireless portions of our campus network. The goal of
the system is to help establish a computing environment that is safe
and reliable for all users through the enforcement of policies that have
long been in place. All computers connecting to the network in Eastchester
housing and YUWireless are required to register through SafeConnect.
How it works:
When the user of the computer brings up a web browser SafeConnect responds
to the initial attempt to contact the default home page and the user is
presented with a login page. (Eastchester Housing only) Once authenticated
the user is directed to a page that allows them to download the
The policy key is a small piece of software that runs in the
background once installed. When the key starts up it contacts
the SafeConnect appliance on our network, downloads the parameters of the
policies that we have defined and it checks to see if those policies are
met. No private information is ever looked at or stored and the policy key uses
practically no system resources. If the computer is taken off the network
the key goes dormant and has no impact on use of the computer.Policies that are enforced:
Authentication: All computers must be authenticated using an ITS
provided login and password (same login as email). Your login and
password are your keys to the network and email. Do not share them with anyone!
Policy Key: All Windows and Mac computers must have the
SafeConnect policy key installed and running.
Antivirus: One of the following antivirus programs with up-to-date virus
definition files must be installed and running on every Windows PC on the
network. Sophos, McAfee, TrendMicro, EZ Antivirus, Symantec, AVG, Authentium,
Microsoft OneCare, Symantec Corp, McAfee NA, McAfee 45, TrendMicro Corp, Panda,
AVGuard, Avast, Bitdefender, Kaspersky, SpySweeper AV. Other computers such as
Mac and Linux systems are expected to be running up to date antivirus software
System Patches: All Windows computers should be
set to automatic download and install all critical security
patches. Macintosh and Linux systems have that ability and it should be
turned on as well.
Routers, Switches and Hubs: While the use of routers and
wireless routers are not forbidden, they are highly discouraged and may cause
network performance problems. These devices are not supported by ITS in any way.
Generally desktop Ethernet switches or hubs are preferred. If a router is to be
used, students need to first register and install the policy key while their
computer is directly connected to an Ethernet wall outlet (without the router
in place). Additionally all wireless routers and access points must be fully
secured according to the manufactures instructions.
Policy enforcement is as follows:
Authentication: Users will be denied access until valid
credentials are supplied.
Policy Key installed: If the policy key is not installed and running the
computer is blocked from network access. Access will be provided to a web page
from which to download and install the policy key.
Antivirus installed: If one of the approved antivirus programs is not
installed the computer is blocked from network access. Access will be provided
to a website from which to download and install Symantec
antivirus software, which we have, site licensed so that it is available to
everyone at AECOM free of charge.
Antivirus running: If antivirus software is installed, but not running the user
will be warned every 12 hours that they are out of compliance, but not blocked
from network access. If the software is not running within 3 days of the first
warning, then the computer will be blocked.
Antivirus definitions: If antivirus software is installed
and running, but the virus definition files are out of date, the user will be
warned every 24 hours that they are out of compliance, but not blocked from
network access. If the virus definitions are not updated within 5
days of the first warning, then the computer will be blocked until the
definitions are updated.
Automatic Updates: If auto-update is not turned on; the user
will be warned every 7 days that they are out of compliance. If the
condition is not rectified within 2 weeks of the first warning, the computer
will be blocked from the network.
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