We are wrestling with the issue of allowing personally owned
computers on the campus academic/administrative LAN. As an FYI, we
separate ResNet on another subnet and clearly there are many
personally owned computer on that network. We have (on occasion) let
faculty, guests, and even students register their ethernet address
with us and give them access to the LAN. Despite not having a
problem (that we know of) to date, some of my staff are seriously
concerned because of the potential for problems including:
1. spread of network based viruses
2. packet sniffing on some of our shared segments (yes, we still
have some shared segments of the network).
3. bypassing some of our authentication systems for printing and other things.
So, I am curious if any other institutions have had this same
discussion on campus and if so what was your resolution. I hate
cutting off potentially valuable access for our community because of
what COULD happen, however the possibilities are too serious to just
Justin D. Sipher, Director
Computing & Technology Services
State University of New York at Potsdam
44 Pierrepont Ave. Voice: (315) 267-3016
Potsdam, NY 13676 Fax: (315) 267-3169
http://www.potsdam.edu email: [log in to unmask]
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