ITS taking steps to make campus internet more secure

Posted by Lori Shull - Friday, October 26 2012
lshull@tntech.edu

 

thumb ITSnetwork-screenshotIn coming weeks, Tennessee Tech University students, faculty and staff should expect to see something different when they open their internet browsers.

To make the on-campus wired and wireless networks more secure, Information Technology Services is implementing a network-access control system that will require users to register. A quick scan will and ensure anti-virus software is installed on users’ devices.

“We want to provide a more secure wireless network that includes encryption so someone can’t steal your information,” said Curtis Armstrong, interim associate vice president of ITS. “The enhanced security will also restrict access so the network is not bogged down with outside users.”

The security measure will be rolled out in phases across campus beginning this week.

Upon opening a browser, users will be automatically redirected to a page with an acceptable use policy. From there, they will have to enter their TTU username and password and scan their devices for anti-virus software.

Once an on-campus user agrees to the policy, the agreement will work on up to five devices. Anyone with more than five devices to register will have to go through the process a second time. Once a device has been registered, users will not have to go through the process again.

The residence halls and Tech Village had the system installed earlier this semester, and there were minimal problems.

“There are a lot of people in the dorms and Tech Village, and we didn’t get too many problems,” said Jerry Boyd, of ITS network services. “It has a high impact but it’s going very smoothly so far. We don’t anticipate any issues.”

Campus guests will be allowed to access the internet, but they must go to the library IT help desk, the RUC information desk or the ITS operations window to register for a username and password. Guests will log in through the guest section of the network access control welcome page.

“There will be tweaks over time,” Armstrong said. “A completely open network isn’t wise and a completely locked down one isn’t wise either. Finding the right spot in the middle is the hard part.”

In case of problems or for more information, call (931) 372-3980 or go to www.tntech.edu/its/bradford-agent