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Thursday, April 24, 2014

BCC-WNET Wireless Policy
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Scope
This policy applies to all Bronx Community College students, faculty and staff, contractors, and other agents who utilize campus-owned, personally-owned, or publicly-accessible computers to access the organization’s data and networks via wireless means.

Wireless networks should not be considered a replacement for a wired network. They should be seen solely as extensions to the existing wired network, and are to be used for general purpose access in areas of transient use, such as common areas or meeting rooms.

Addition of new wireless access points within College facilities will be managed at the sole discretion of IT. Non-sanctioned installations of wireless equipment, or use of unauthorized equipment within the organizational campus, are strictly forbidden.

Policy and Appropriate Use
It is the responsibility of any Student, Faculty and Staff who is connecting to the organizational network via wireless means to ensure that all components of his/her wireless connection remain as secure as his or her network access within the office. It is imperative that any wireless connection used to conduct Bronx Community College business or research be utilized appropriately, responsibly, and ethically. Failure to do so will result in immediate suspension of that user’s account. Based on this, the following rules must be observed:

  1. Equipment Installation, Maintenance and Support: Wireless transmitters will be installed, configured, managed and supported by the Information Technology Department. In order to provide this level of support, and to ensure wireless security and consistency across campus, the Information Technology Department is requiring the use of specific Cisco Wireless equipment.

  2. Users using wireless access methods will, without exception, use secure remote access procedures. This will be enforced through public/private key encrypted passwords. Passwords should never be disclosed to anyone or shared.

  3. Users are expected to secure their machines when they are using wireless services. Computes must have installed a properly licensed antivirus software.. Antivirus signature files must be updated.

  4. Wireless Network Interface Cards (NICs) or any other wireless device may not be configured to serve as an access point.

  5. We reserve the right to limit bandwidth on a per connection basis on the wireless network, as necessary, to ensure network reliability and fair sharing of network resources for all wireless users.

  6. We reserve the right to monitor and log communications on a per connection basis to ensure proper usage of network resources.

  7. Mass emailing, or spamming, will not be tolerated on the wireless network. Such practices are an unnecessary use of bandwidth resources and are socially improper.

  8. Running servers or daemons on the wireless network is prohibited. Such programs use an exorbitant amount of network bandwidth and resources.

  9. Any attempt to break into or gain unauthorized access to any computers or systems from a wireless connection is prohibited. Any type of unauthorized access to computer systems is an unlawful practice and will be sanctioned by the appropriate college authority.

  10. Any type of Denial of Service attack (DoS attack) using the wireless network will not be tolerated. Denial of Service attack (DoS attacks) not only cause unnecessary usage of BCC network resources, but also can also cause bandwidth and financial losses for other affected parties.

  11. Running any unauthorized data packet collection programs on the wireless network is prohibited. Such practices are a violation of privacy and constitute the theft of user data.

  12. The Information Technology Department reserves the right to turn off without notice any access port to the network that puts the organization’s systems, data and users at risk.

Students, faculty, and staff that use the wireless network are assumed to have accepted the above rules and conditions regarding the wireless network.

Conclusion
As the deployment and usage of the BCC wireless network progresses, Bronx Community College, Information Technology Department reserves the right to change the usage policies and guidelines as necessary, for the sole benefit of BCC students, faculty, and staff, to provide a safe and reliable computing environment.

 

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