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K-State Today

April 2, 2012

IT security roundtable on firewalls April 6

Submitted by Harvard Townsend

The next SIRT-sponsored IT security roundtable will be 9-10 a.m. Friday, April 6, in 501 Hale Library on the topic of K-State's firewall infrastructure.

Every day, K-State systems are scanned by malicious remote hosts looking for vulnerabilities to exploit for nefarious purposes. Firewalls play a critical role in reducing the risk that these vulnerabilities will be exploited and university data exposed. If you would like to learn more about K-State's firewall environment and how it can be leveraged to help you secure the IT assets you manage, please plan on joining us.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Network protocol and firewall concepts
  • K-State's firewall infrastructure, including the VPN service
  • Protocols/services currently blocked at the campus border, and what will be blocked in the near future
  • How can departments utilize the firewall infrastructure to improve security?
  • How to request firewall services, configuration changes, and special VPN services

Richard Becker, network security analyst in IT services' office of information security and compliance, will lead the session. K-State's IT security roundtables are sponsored by SIRT and open to anyone. Please join us on April 6 and bring your questions, knowledge and experience to add to the discussion.