Policy - Wireless Access Points

Wireless Access Points

1.0 Purpose
The purpose of this policy is to define standards for connecting to the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) network via approved and unapproved wireless access points. These standards are designed to minimize the potential exposure to CalArts from damages which may result from unauthorized use of institute resources. Damages include the loss of sensitive or confidential data, intellectual property, damage to public image, damage to critical internal systems, etc.

2.0 Scope
This policy applies to all CalArts employees, students, and affiliates including vendors and agents with a CalArts owned or personally-owned computer, workstation, mobile device or anything that utilizes the 2.4GHz and 5GHz wireless spectrum used to connect to the CalArts network. This policy applies to wireless access used to do work on behalf of CalArts or for personal business, including reading or sending email and viewing intranet or internet resources. Wireless networks are not a replacement for a wired connection, simply an extension of the existing wired network and should be treated as such. Large file transfers (upload and download, P2P activity, etc) should be kept to a minimum to ensure all users have a pleasant experience. This policy is to be used in conjunction with the network access and remote access policies and should not be considered a replacement. 

3.0 Technology
CalArts IT utilizes industry standard 802.11a/b/g/n wireless protocols, transmitting in the 2.4GHz and 5.0GHz wireless frequencies. Device speeds may vary depending on which frequency and protocol is supported by the client. Access is granted via 802.1x/WPA2 Enterprise access, authentication, and authorization methods using your MyCalArts credentials which are given to all students, staff, and faculty members or via the guest access network (CAGuest). (See section 4.b)

4.0 Policy
a. All wireless access points connected to the CalArts network must be approved, installed and managed by CalArts IT.

b. Do not share your account info or authorize a device that does not belong to you. If a guest is on campus and requires wireless access, contact your department heads for access to the wireless guest network. Sharing of credentials is a direct violation of CalArts IT policy.

c. Any device to be found interfering with the frequencies used by CalArts wireless network and affecting our wireless user population are subject to relocation or removal. This includes, but is not limited to, microwave ovens, cordless phones, wireless cameras, and light ballasts.

d. Installation of “rogue” unauthorized access points (access points not installed, maintained, or approved by CalArts IT) is considered malicious activity and may lead up to revocation of network access and privileges, confiscation of the offending device, and disciplinary measures.

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