Changes to Improve Network Security

 Changes to Improve Network Security

08/15/2016 

In the next few weeks, Networking will be implementing an additional layer of security on the college wired, wireless and VPN networks.  The new security (Network Authentication and Authorization System) will ensure that users have appropriate access to services and that their devices are safe to be connected to the college network.

All users will log into the network using their Net IDs, just like today.  The new security system will require that all devices connecting to the network be registered.  Registering a device will enable access to the Internet and basic services such as myRedDragon.  If you need to access protected services such as your U drive or a departmental share, your device will need to pass a set of elevated privileges security standards.


Phase 1 - August 22, 2016

Wireless Changes: 

  • Cortland Guest has already been upgraded and guests must register their devices.
  • "Cortland Secure" will become "Cortland Wi-Fi".  Cortland Wi-Fi will require all users to login and register their devices.  (Don't let the name confuse you, Cortland Wi-Fi is actually more secure than Cortland Secure.)   Cortland Secure will be retired on 8/22/2016. 

VPN Changes:  The only reason a faculty/staff member needs to use the VPN is to gain access to protected services such as your U drive or a departmental share. 

  • Devices connecting to the college VPN will be required to pass a set of elevated privileges security standards. 

What do I need to do?

College-owned devices:

College-owned devices will automatically register and should pass the elevated privileges security standards without any problem. If you experience any problems with your college-owned device, please contact The Help Center at thc@cortland.eduor 607-753-2500.

Personal devices:

Personal devices connecting to Cortland Guest or Cortland Wi-Fi will be prompted to register.  After registration, your personal device will be able to access the Internet and some basic services such as myRedDragon. 

If you need to access protected services such as your U drive or a departmental share from a personal device, you will need to connect to the college VPN (even on campus) and your device will need to pass a set of elevated privileges security standards.

If your personal device does not pass the elevated privileges security standards, you will receive a pop-up screen explaining the test failure.  For instance, if a Windows laptop does not have an active anti-virus installed, it will fail the elevated privileges security standards test.   Your device will still be able to access the Internet and basic services; however, it will not be permitted to access protected services until it can pass the elevated privileges security standards.

Minimum elevated privileges security standards for personal devices:

  • Windows 7 or higher (Vista until January 2017)
  • MAC OSX 10.9 or higher
  • Up to date antivirus/malware
  • Automatic Windows updates enabled

Phase 2 – September 2016

Wired Network Changes:  An extra layer of security will be added to wired network ports requiring users to register their devices.  Registering a device will enable access to the Internet and basic services such as myRedDragon.  If you need to access protected services such as your U drive or a departmental share, your device will need to pass a set of elevated privileges security standards.

What do I need to do?

College-owned devices:

College-owned devices will automatically register with college wired network and should pass the elevated privileges security standards without any problem. If you experience any problems with your college-owned device, please contact The Help Center at thc@cortland.edu or 607-753-2500.

Personal devices:

Personal devices connecting to the college wired network will be prompted to register.  After registration, your personal device will be able to access the Internet and some basic services such as myRedDragon. 

If you need to access protected services such as your U drive or a departmental share from a personal device, you will need to connect to the college VPN (even on campus) and your device will need to pass a set of elevated privileges security standards.

If your personal device does not pass the elevated privileges security standards, you will receive a pop-up screen explaining the test failure.  For instance, if a Windows laptop does not have an active anti-virus installed, it will fail the elevated privileges security standards test.   Your device will still be able to access the Internet and basic services; however, it will not be permitted to access protected services until it can pass the elevated privileges security standards.

Minimum elevated privileges security standards for personal devices:

  • Windows 7 or higher (Vista until January 2017)
  • MAC OSX 10.9 or higher
  • Up to date antivirus/malware
  • Automatic Windows updates enabled


Contact Information

Associate Provost: Amy Berg
Secretary: Heather Drew
Phone: 607-753-5942

Memorial Library, B-304
PO Box 2000
Cortland NY, 13045

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