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Wireless Policy



Background
The Local Area Network (LAN) at Mount Marty College has become a powerful tool that supports teaching and learning, research, and the administrative processes of the college. The Information Technology Support Services (ITSS) staff has designed this critical information resource to be as robust and reliable as possible given that it must operate in the relatively open environment of a college campus. Increasingly, devices are being sold commercially that can be connected to the Mount Marty LAN to provide enhanced network services for users, i.e., wireless access points, connection sharing devices, and servers. In order to provide the highest level of service to all students, faculty, and staff, and to do everything possible to ensure the security of the Mount Marty LAN, ITSS has developed some additional policies (see below) that pertain to these devices.


1.Wireless Access Points : Mount Marty College College has recently redesigned and enhanced its entire wired network. During the summer of 2009, we have also revamped the wireless network infrastructure based on the IEEE 802.11a, b, g and n wireless LAN standards, operating in the 2.4 (b&g) and 5(a) GHz bands. In order to maintain network integrity, security, and reliability, ITSS is the central authority for implementing and maintaining the Mount Marty wireless network, and will maintain the highest standards for wireless implementations throughout the campus. To accomplish this task, the following policies will be applied:

  • All indoor wireless access points will be Aruba 65, with mandatory WPA2 protocol, AES encryption, and PEAP authentication against the central campus user directory.
  • All other makes and models of access points are prohibited on the Mount Marty College College campus.
  • Network address translation (NAT) routing is prohibited on all access points.
  • Wireless Network Interface Cards (NICs) may not be configured to serve as an access point.
  • All access points will be installed and maintained by ITS.

2.  Connection Sharing Devices : Connection sharing devices (such as routers, switches and hubs) with NAT are prohibited from the Mount Marty LAN
3.  Servers: Servers are allowed on the Mount Marty College campus network, with the exception of Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) servers. ITSS provides central DHCP services for the entire campus. Rogue DHCP servers can interfere with ITS DHCP services and this can, in turn, negatively impact all client computers on the network. Individuals or departments are responsible for maintaining the security and integrity of their server systems. For security purposes, all individual servers will only be accessible from the Mount Marty College LAN.Violations of the above policies, or any other ITSS policies as outlined with regard to networking, may result in termination of network privileges.