A firewall is a device that acts as a gateway to prevent unauthorized access to the systems and resources of a private network. Firewalls can filter both incoming and outgoing traffic. They are a first line of defense in efforts to control the spread of malicious network traffic.
The university provides firewalls to protect the central university server and host systems, and to protect the university network from the the wider Internet. If you have systems that need to have ports open to the Internet, you can request changes to the university's firewall configuration for a system using the security modification form.
IT can provide an additional level of security for sensitive departmental systems by creating a custom firewall.
Any server not maintained in the university data center must be approved via ISO PS004 Policy Exception Management Process.
This policy applies to all University workforce, faculty and student members (including, but not limited to: faculty, staff, students, temps, trainees, volunteers, and other persons as deemed appropriate) while conducting/performing work, teaching, research or study activity using University resources and includes all facilities, property, data and equipment owned, leased and/or maintained by the University or affiliates.