September 7, 2007
By Simone Knapp
The University has taken another step to protect its computing environment with the development of a Network Security Policy.
“This new policy is part of a suite of policies designed to protect the interests of our computer users, stakeholders and the University,” said Rick Bunt, associate vice-president of Information and Communications Technology. “This one in particular is targeted at providing a safe, secure, and reliable network environment for the campus community to do its work.”
Computer security is vitally important, Bunt said, to protect personal information about students, faculty, staff and donors. The new policy, approved by the Board of Governors in June, gives the University the authority to take action when activities or devices interfere with the safe and reliable operation of the University network. For example, if a device connected to the network is compromising its operation, the University can remove it from the network.
Bunt added that the new policy works in conjunction with the existing Computer Use Policy, which focuses on the responsibilities of University community members who use computing facilities and services.
“Since the campus computing environment is only as safe as the weakest link, everyone needs to ensure that they don’t put it at risk,” said Bunt. He advises faculty and staff to contact their local computer support personnel or the Information Technology Services (ITS) Help Desk if they have questions about their computer security.
The Network Security Policy can be viewed in the policy section of the University Secretary’s webpage.
Simone Knapp is a communications officer with Information Technology Services.
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