photo of a man using a laptopInternet-based attacks cannot be prevented. Therefore, it is important to stop them at the first point of contact. Hardware and software on the perimeter of Wright State’s network is able to identify and limit the effects of an attack while supporting an open academic and research-oriented environment. CaTS acknowledges the challenges of perimeter security and seeks to recognize, control, and manage Internet traffic. A perimeter firewall seeks to control and manage Internet traffic, while a personal firewall seeks to control and manage traffic from the campus network. A personal firewall (installed locally on a computer) is used to monitor and control communication to and from your computer. Firewalls are used to prevent someone from remotely gaining access to your computer. Running firewall software is a key part of keeping your computer secure. Any computer on the Wright State network will be more secure with an enabled firewall.

All departmental computers running Windows and connected to the Wright State Active Directory Domain will have Microsoft’s native firewall turned on and preconfigured. This is managed centrally by CaTS. All other computers not joined to the domain should have the native firewall turned on to help protect the system.

If you are a student in the Wright State residence halls, a desktop firewall is required. See the links below for a few software suggestions, or see the setup directions for your specific operating system.

Firewall Software

Setting Up a Firewall