Internet-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 WSU network will be more secure with an enabled firewall.

All departmental computers connected to the Wright State network should have a licensed copy of McAfee Firewall already installed. Since the campus firewall is managed through the McAfee server on the network, Windows users should disable the Microsoft Windows XP firewall.

If you are a student in the WSU resident 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.



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