The new computer security system performs the following functions:
- Require authentication to the network.
- Validate whether the system connecting to the network meets the minimum security standards.
- Quarantines the system until it meets the minimum security standards.
- Provides access to the remediation sites. Once the system is validated as "clean," allows access to the network.
Why are we introducing this solution now?
There are over 31 medium or higher rated worms (Blaster, Nachi, Netsky, Sobig) that infected computer systems during the first 6 months of 2004. We did not have a solution that could effectively quarantine systems until proven "clean"; thus, many unprotected systems became infected as soon as they were physically plugged into the network. From investigations on the causes of the problems experienced, it has been determined that the best way to prevent this from happening again is to insure that virus software and OS critical update/patches are current and maintained.
Users who did connect systems that were current with both OS patches and anti-virus software also suffered delays in Internet and other network access due to the excessive traffic caused by the infected machines.
If you have any questions, please contact the BHSU Help Desk at 605.642.6580 or BHSUHelpDesk@BHSU.edu.