WHAT: ITS is enabling additional security capabilities in our network firewall. A portion of the maintenance work announced for July 9 has been rescheduled for July 23. This change will implement features to deter certain known vulnerabilities or attacks.
WHY: Historically, ITS has implemented such firewall restrictions manually for select vulnerabilities. This change is similar to the use of up-to-date antivirus software on a personal computer, where the antivirus software continually updates to provide the best protection. We have reviewed the practices of other colleges and universities and found this change to be in line with other schools’ best practices.
WHEN: The firewall change will occur in the window of time between 11 to 11:59 p.m. Sunday, July 23. There will be no network downtime during the window, and users will be able to access the network normally while the maintenance is happening.
After the change is made, you should be able to use the network as usual; however, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
or 704-894-2900 if you experience any problems or have any questions.