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IT Project: Northwestern Network Access Control

Project Status

3/24/14: NUIT has implemented NAC on the campus wired and wireless networks. This project is now complete.

Details on the project and timelines are available below in the Northwestern Network Access Control Implementation Timeline. This information is updated on a monthly basis.

Project Charter

Background

The current Network Access Control (NAC) services are provided by the open source NetPass system. NetPass is a computer vulnerability inspection program implemented on wired data jacks in residence halls and a number of public areas on campus, including the University Library.

Before end users can connect to the NU Network using a computer, it must be registered to a NetID and pass an endpoint health check to be allowed in the NU Network.

On networks that do not have the NAC service, security and network operations staff respond to “acceptable use” violations or operational incidents by either disabling the wired port (s) or users’ NetIDs, in the case of wireless clients.

The current NetPass implementation cannot be extended to cover additional wired ports on campus nor to the campus wireless network preventing NUIT from recognizing new mobile device technology.

Goals and Objectives

To replace end of life technology with a new Network Access Control solution on campus networks that supports a scalable, centralized out-of-band architecture with high-availability, that improves customer service by providing clear instructions for guided self-remediation of hosts by end-users, and supports administrative quarantine of hosts for security complaints.

Northwestern Network Access Control Implementation Timeline

Phase Description Target Start Date  Completion Date Status
Phase 1 Pilot

Implement new NAC for NUIT testing locations

January 30, 2012 February 2, 2012 Complete
Phase 1

Implement NAC for wired network in University resident halls and Greek housing

March 28, 2012 April 4, 2012 Complete
Phase 2

Implement NAC for campus wireless network

January 29, 2013 December 26, 2013  Complete
Phase 3 Pilot

Implement NAC for wired network NUIT testing locations

January 9, 2013 January 23, 2013 Complete
Phase 3

Implement NAC for wired network in University schools, departments, and administrative areas.

January 23, 2014 March 23, 2014  Complete

Residence Halls Implementation Timeline (Wired Network)

Residence Name Target Start Date Status
Abbott Hall March 28, 2012 Complete
605-615 Garrett Pl March 28, 2012 Complete
621-623 Garrett Pl March 28, 2012 Complete
Foster-Walker Complex March 28, 2012 Complete
North Mid-Quads April 4, 2012 Complete
Willard Residential College April 4, 2012 Complete
Kappa Delta Sorority April 4, 2012 Complete
Delta Delta Delta Sorority April 4, 2012 Complete
Gamma Phi Beta Sorority April 4, 2012 Complete
Hobart House April 4, 2012 Complete
South Mid-Quads April 4, 2012 Complete
1856 Orrington April 5, 2012 Complete
Rogers House April 4, 2012 Complete
710 Emerson April 4, 2012 Complete
Delta Gamma Sorority April 4, 2012 Complete
Evans Scholars House April 5, 2012 Complete
Alpha Chi Omega Sorority April 4, 2012 Complete
Alpha Phi Sorority April 4, 2012 Complete
Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority April 4, 2012 Complete
Chi Omega Sorority April 4, 2012 Complete
Phi Mu Alpha Fraternity April 4, 2012 Complete
Delta Zeta Sorority April 4, 2012 Complete
Sigma Alpha Iota Sorority April 4, 2012 Complete
Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority April 4, 2012 Complete
Pi Beta Sorority April 4, 2012 Complete
584 Lincoln April 4, 2012 Complete
Ayers College of Commerce & Industry April 4, 2012 Complete
Phi Delta Theta Fraternity April 4, 2012 Complete
Sargent Residence Hall April 4, 2012 Complete
Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity April 4, 2012 Complete
Delta Upsilon Fraternity April 4, 2012 Complete
Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity April 4, 2012 Complete
Chi Psi Fraternity April 4, 2012 Complete
Lindgren Residence Hall April 4, 2012 Complete
Foster House Residence Hall April 4, 2012 Complete
Goodrich House Residence Hall April 4, 2012 Complete
2251 Sheridan April 4, 2012 Complete
Kemper Residence Hall April 4, 2012 Complete
Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity April 4, 2012 Complete
College of Cultural & Community Studies April 4, 2012 Complete
Theta Chi Fraternity April 4, 2012 Complete
Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity April 4, 2012 Complete
Slivka Residence Hall April 4, 2012 Complete
McCulloch Residence Hall April 4, 2012 Complete
Bobb Residence Hall April 4, 2012 Complete
Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity April 4, 2012 Complete
Beta Theta Pi Fraternity April 4, 2012 Complete
Sigma Chi Fraternity April 4, 2012 Complete
Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity April 4, 2012 Complete
Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity April 4, 2012 Complete
2335 Sheridan Rd April 4, 2012 Complete
600 Lincoln April 4, 2012 Complete
Hinman House Residence Hall April 4, 2012 Complete
Elder Residence Hall April 4, 2012 Complete
Delta Chi Fraternity April 4, 2012 Complete
1835 Hinman Av April 4, 2012 Complete
Jones (Fine and Performing Arts Residential College) April 4, 2012 Complete
West Fairchild (International Studies Residential College) April 4, 2012 Complete
East Fairchild (Communications Residential College) April 4, 2012 Complete
Allison Residence Hall April 4, 2012 Complete
McManus Living-Learning Center April 4, 2012 Complete
Public Affairs Residential College April 4, 2012 Complete
Shepard Residential College April 4, 2012 Complete
Engelhart Residence Hall April 4, 2012 Complete
Chapin Hall (Humanities Residential College) April 4, 2012 Complete

Last Updated: 9 October 2017

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