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PAN Network Security Policy

Required for all network-connected devices

  1. All systems connected to the PAN network must be running an operating system which is still supported by its vendor for security updates.
    • For example, (at the time of writing) the minimum acceptable version of Windows is Windows 7. Windows 95, 98, ME, NT, 2000 and XP are not acceptable, and cannot be connected to our network.
    • Apple generally provide support for two concurrent OS releases, for example when 10.6 is available then 10.5 is also supported but 10.4 becomes unsupported and so unacceptable by this policy.
    • The same overall requirement applies to Unix, Linux, and other systems such as embedded data acquisition devices.
  2. Only one device may be connected to any physical network port. No hubs, switches, wireless access points or routing devices may be connected, directly or indirectly, without prior discussion with and agreement from School computing staff.
  3. Non-departmentally-managed systems may not inhabit the same network subnet as departmentally-managed systems.
  4. Data Security
    1. For any Windows or Macintosh computers which you connect to the School network:
      1. You must install and run antivirus software.
      2. You must install firewall software and configure it to prevent unrestricted connections.
    2. Strong passwords must be used for all accounts.
    3. All systems are subject to regular network security evaluation. Systems which are found to be non-compliant will be removed from the network if not corrected.
  5. Only university/grant owned equipment may be connected. 1)
    • Personal laptops are not eligible for wired network connections. The University does provide wireless networks, which they may use.

Exception mechanism

If you cannot meet the above criteria, or do not wish to install the required antivirus software, your computer must be placed on a separate protected network segment. For example, you may have a lab data acquisition or control system, where a software update and reboot may be unacceptable. You must declare that such a system will not be used to store or process any University private data. By default, it may not receive incoming network connections, and will be given limited access to the following School resources:

  • School web sites, mail services, and secure shell.
  • Printing, either via the School's file/print server, CUPS, or port 9100 (“jetdirect”).

We are able to set up specific protected networks for research groups, which can have custom access controls, for example, to connect to lab data acquisition and control systems

1) exceptions may be granted in exceptional cases
computing/policies/network_connection.txt · Last modified: 2016/04/15 17:21 by allan