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Campus Network Wireless Policy and Guidelines

Purpose

This document provides guidelines, policies and standards for deployment and usage of wireless devices on the RISD campus. The guidelines provide a minimum level of wireless security, network reliability and will minimize network interference from other devices utilizing the same radio frequency spectrum.

It is intended to cover any and all wireless devices within the RISD campus including, but are not limited to, wireless access points, wireless routers, wireless phones, etc.

To ensure the integrity, reliability, and security of the RISD network, Information Techniology Services (ITServices) manages the RISD wireless air space for all wireless devices and approves wireless devices that can be connected to the network and how these devices should be configured and has authority to resolve interference issues.

Definitions

Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) - is a security protocol, specified in the IEEE Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) standard, 802.11b, that is designed to provide a wireless local area network (WLAN) with a level of security and privacy comparable to what is usually expected of a wired LAN.

RTC - RISD Technology Council

Policy

Suitability

For data networks, wireless networks are viewed as an extension of the wired network rather than a replacement. Wireless networks normally operate at slower speeds than a wired system and the more it's being used, the slower it will be. Wireless networks may not be appropriate for high bandwidth applications such as video streaming. It is most suited for applications such as email and web browsing.

Wireless devices will not be available to access administrative information systems such as Datatel, Colleague Benefactor, etc. that contains sensitive and confidential information unless using encrypted protocols.

Management & Support

For ITServices-installed and managed wireless devices in departmentally controlled spaces, ITServices will assume responsibility to maintain, update, and upgrade these devices. Departments requesting wireless computing in their area will be advised of the cost of installation and maintenance. In physical spaces shared by more than one department, ITServices will try to work with all departments to reach a mutually beneficial and agreeable arrangement for all.

Instances where temporary wireless access may be required to support either a project or service should be submitted to ITServices for review and subsequent wireless access point installation. All exceptions should be discussed with ITServices for possible solution.

Users must not install any wireless access points (including student dormitories) as these devices represent performance and security exposures and will be shut off by ITServices. ITServices will attempt to notify the user on a time permitting basis for wireless devices that may be interfering with the RISD network, but reserves the right to disconnect the device without notification. ITServices' first priority is to restore the network to a normal operating state.

Radio Spectrum Management

The 2.4 GHz radio frequency used in the 802.11b and 802.11g is an unlicensed shard spectrum band. In addition, there are only three non-overlapping channels within the 802.11b and 802.11g specifications. Consequently, access points can interfere with each other and other communications devices or appliances if not administered properly. Microwave ovens and cordless telephones are prominent examples.

Security

The wireless infrastructure is not as secure as wired networks and should not be relied upon as being secure. While a minimal level of security is provided through WEP and user authentication for ITServices-managed wireless access points, application and data protection is still the responsibility of the application and data owners.

Policy Management

RISD has authorized ITServices to be responsible for the enforcement, interpretation, and administration of this Policy. Changes in this policy must be reviewed by the RTC as necessary.

Revision history

This policy was last reviewed/modified on: 10/30/2015

Next scheduled review will be on the following date or as needed: 10/30/2015

Responsibilities

Issuing Office

ITServices

Responsible Officer

Senior Vice President of Finance and Administration