Wireless to Trusted Network Policy

1.0 Purpose

This Policy prohibits access to Appalachian State University trusted networks via unsecured wireless communication mechanisms. Only WPA and WPA2 encrypted wireless systems are approved for official University business and student connectivity to Appalachian State University's network backbone and only VPN clients are allowed to connect from untrusted to trusted networks.

2.0 Scope

This Policy covers all untrusted wireless data communication devices (e.g., personal computers, cellular phones, PDAs, etc.) connected to any of Appalachian State University's internal networks. This includes any form of wireless communication device capable of transmitting packet data. Wireless devices and/or networks without any connectivity to Appalachian State University’s networks do not fall under the purview of this Policy.

3.0 Policy

To comply with this Policy, wireless implementations connecting to Appalachian State University's trusted networks must maintain VPN client connectivity. See Virtual Private Network (VPN) Policy.

4.0 Enforcement

Anyone found to have violated this Policy may have their network access privileges temporarily or permanently revoked.

5.0 Definitions

Trusted User
Appalachian State University Staff, Faculty, or Third party contractors who have executed a Third Party Connection Agreement.

Trusted Network
All devices registered as default faculty and staff administered and other devices registered in special Trusted VLANs such as Special Purpose and University Administrative subnets.

Untrusted Network
All other devices, including but not limited to Internet devices.

6.0 Revision History

May 7, 2003 - Definition of Trusted and Untrusted

This policy was approved by the Provost on July 19, 2005


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