NC State University has traditionally provided an open network with unfettered Internet access to assist in the research being done on campus. Unfortunately, this culture of openness has made our University, and many others, vulnerable to cyber attacks. In an effort to better protect campus resources, NC State has developed two initiatives which will allow us to bring a consistent security model to our wired and wireless networks.
- Wired Architecture – Our wired networks have historically allowed traffic to and from campus with little restriction. NC State now offers a protected network architecture (NCSU-PN) which will help reduce the possibility of outside attack to our campus networks. A simple one-time change allows LAN Administrators to easily transition their departmental networks to this protected infrastructure.
- NC State Protected Network – Information about our protected network.
- Wireless -Free and secure wireless Internet access, provided by eduroam (education roaming), is now available at NC State and at thousands of other educational and research institutions in dozens of countries.
- Wireless Network Access – Information about wireless access to the NC State network.
Network Security Regulations
- Campus computing and network administrators have the authority and responsibility to run programs or take other actions for the support and security of the campus computing environment. However, the university’s network operations center must receive notification of any action which might reasonably be expected to pose a risk to the production network. Prompt notification is required for mistakes, unexpected results or problems which negatively impact production work. Send notifications to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 919.513.9675.
- College and departmental administrators should restrict actions to their areas of network responsibility except by mutual agreement with other affected peers on their local or building network.
- Students are not allowed to run network-based security analysis and attack programs such as Saint, nmap, DoS, DDoS or similar tools. Doing so will subject them to disciplinary action. (See Administrative Regulations, Section V).
- In accordance with NC State Administrative Regulations, network administrators will investigate and test software and actions that pose risks to NC State University network security. Corrective and/or protective measures will be taken as necessary.