RIT’s Virtual Private Network (VPN)
While using an Internet Service Provider (ISP) such as Road Runner, DSL, AOL, or other ISP's, VPN will allow you to securely connect to the RIT network from home or another remote location. This is required for access to some RIT-only applications.
Just as you would take precautions to lock your office or residence hall room, you need to make sure your computer is secure against intrusions and malicious programming. To assist with this, ITS offers the following products and information:
Firewalls and Host Intrusion Prevention
A firewall helps protect your computer by controlling incoming access to your computer. For ITS-managed Windows computers, ITS offers McAfee Host Intrusion Prevention, which incorporates both a stateful firewall and host intrusion protection. For Macintosh computers, there is a firewall incorporated within its operating system.
Information from the RIT Information Security Office:
Spyware is any software that covertly gathers user information about you, your computer and your web surfing and sends it to someone through your Internet connection without your knowledge.
Secure Web Browsing with McAfee Site Advisor
McAfee Site Advisor monitors your web browsing and warns you about potentially dangerous sites before you visit them.
mySpam Spam Filtering
mySpam is a service that will filter 99% of all spam messages attempting to enter RIT email inboxes from off campus. Each day the mySpam service will send a mySpam report. In this report there will be a list of messages the system would like you to review. You may ignore the message and do nothing, this will mark them as spam, or you may "Release" them to your inbox making them as non-spam.
Full Disk Encryption
Encryption is essentially a 'lock down' of the data storage area of your computer and an encoding of that data. Information cannot be accessed without proper authentication, specifically your login/password sequence then it is decoded for use. Currently, encryption is only available for Windows-based, RIT-owned laptops and is being rolled out through the IT support for each college, division, and department. Mac laptops, and other desktop machines will be addressed in future phases of the project.