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Wireless Network Policies and Procedures
This document provides guidelines for the deployment and usage of wireless technology on Northern Essex Community College Campuses for all users who require Wireless access. This includes faculty, staff, students, wireless classrooms and guests of the college. The purpose of this policy is to inform users what is and is not considered acceptable use of this technology.
This policy has been put in place to protect all wireless users and to prevent inappropriate use of wireless network access that may expose Northern Essex Community College to multiple risks including viruses, network attacks and various administrative and legal issues. This policy has been created to expand on the Department of Information Technology’s Computer and Network Usage Policy by including specific information regarding the use of wireless networking and Internet access on campus. The wireless network’s acceptable use falls under the Computer and Network Usage Policy acceptable use guidelines and rules. This policy is subject to change as new technologies and methods of implementing these technologies emerge.
This wireless network policy provides guidelines regarding all wireless communication issues.
This Wireless Network policy applies to all workstations, notebooks, tablets, wireless local area networks, systems, servers and software applications used on campus. It also applies to any wireless user at Northern Essex Community College. The purpose of this policy is to ensure the security, reliability and utilization of the wireless network. Wireless access is available at Northern Essex Community College and all users will have the ability to access the Internet and other web resources using their own laptops. Staff doing College work will be required to use a Northern Essex Community College owned laptop for security purposes.
It is the intention of the Department of Information Technology at Northern Essex Community College to provide a high level of reliability and privacy when using the wireless network. Wireless Access Points are distributed around Northern Essex Community College to provide and maintain connectivity when “roaming” about the campus. Wireless Access Points provide shared bandwidth and so as the number of users increase the available bandwidth per user decreases. As such, please show consideration for other users and refrain from running high bandwidth applications and operations such as downloading large music files and video from the Internet. Network reliability is determined by the level of user traffic and accessibility. In order to provide an acceptable level of reliability, bandwidth will be regulated according to user role and location. Wireless networking is to be considered supplemental access to the NECC network. Wired access is still the preferred medium for connectivity.
In order to have access to the wireless network all wireless users must visit the following locations to complete the appropriate paper work:
IT Services located on the Haverhill Campus (B216)
IT Services located on the Franklin Street Lawrence Campus (L242)
ANTI VIRUS SOFTWARE IS REQUIRED ON ALL LAPTOPS CONNECTED TO THE NECC WIRELESS NETWORK
Computer viruses have impacted a significant number of computers worldwide over the past few years. There are over 10,000 known computer viruses. Over 200 new viruses are being discovered every month. A computer virus is a (hidden) program, which invades your computer; much like a biological virus invades a living cell. A computer virus contains code that has the potential to cause damage and/or perform unwanted/unauthorized functions.
ANTI SPYWARE SOFTWARE IS REQUIRED ON ALL LAPTOPS CONNECTED TO THE NECC WIRELESS NETWORK
Spyware is software that covertly gathers user information through the user’s Internet connection without his or her knowledge, usually for advertising purposes. Spyware applications are typically bundles as a hidden component of freeware or shareware programs that can be downloaded from the internet; however, it should be noted that the majority of shareware and freeware applications do not come with spyware. Once installed, the spyware monitors user activity on the Internet and transmits that information in the background to someone else. Spyware can also gather information about e-mail addresses and even passwords and credit card numbers.
Aside from the questions of ethics and privacy, spyware steals from the user by using the computer’s memory resources and also by eating bandwidth as it sends information back to the spyware’s home base via the user’s Internet connection. Because spyware is using memory and system resources, the applications running in the background can lead to system crashes or general system instability.
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