When your computer is first connected to the wall port in your dorm room, wireless network in the dorm, or wireless network in the academic buildings, Campus Manager will compare your system’s MAC address (a unique alphanumeric digit tied to your systems network interface card) to known systems in its database. If your system is found, and it has previously passed the registration and quarantine processes it is considered safe and will be moved to a working network for internet access. In the event that this is the first time the system has been connected to the network, or vulnerability has been found on the system through a Nessus scan, or Information Technology Services resets the registered user database during one of the student break periods, the user will be redirected to a website to begin the registration process. Although these additional steps require a little more time, the end result is worth the investment. At the end of the process, your system will have all the critical Windows updates applied, a current anti-virus package will be installed if necessary, a user's system can be scanned for potential spy-ware during the process if the user wishes, and the system's firewall status will be verified. Once this process is completed, Campus Manager will move the registered user to a valid network and continue to monitor that system for vulnerabilities through-out the year. With the exception of the Windows updates, anti-virus software, and the Client Assessment Tool (checks for vulnerabilities), no monitoring software will be installed on the user's system. The only information collected by the ITS department is the users login ID and their systems MAC address to verify a valid Widener account. The tool used to scan for vulnerabilities during the year is run remotely to check for new security threats and does not require any input from the user.
The first time you connect your PC to the network port or wireless network and attempt to browse the Internet in your dorm room or in the academic buildings, Campus Manager will log your systems MAC address (a unique alphanumeric digit tied to your systems network interface card) and force you to complete the registration process. You will need your Login ID and Password to register your computer. The registration process will ensure that your system has all critical Windows updates applied, current anti-virus package installed, scanned for spy-ware (if the user wishes), and the system's firewall status will be verified. If any action is required, self-help information and access to software is made available on-line. After your PC is registered, you will only be prompted to register again when ITS deems it necessary. There will be periodic re-registrations at break times as you return from holiday trips. If you have any problems and need assistance, please call the ITS Help Desk at 302-477-2196 (Delaware Campus) or the 717-541-1979 (Harrisburg Campus).