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Connecting to the Wireless and Wired Internet on Campus

Misericordia University is implementing a new Network Admission Control (NAC) solution called Cisco ISE.  The purpose of this solution is to protect the wired and wireless network users and computers on campus. 

Cisco ISE will run on all wired ports in the Residence Halls and on all wireless networks on campus.  The major change in accessing the network is that each student will need to register any device they wish to connect to the network.  Once the device is registered you will use your e-MU username and password when logging onto a network.

In addition to registration, all Windows PC's will also need to download and install the Cisco NAC agent.  The NAC Agent is a solution provided by Cisco that performs network validation. The software performs the following functions:

  • Require authentication to the network
  • Validate whether the system connecting to the network meets the minimum security standards.
  • Quarantines the system until it meets the minimum security standards.
  • Provides access to the remediation sites. Once the system is validated as “clean,” allows access to the network.

The NAC Agent is a small program that runs on your PC. It is currently required only for systems running Microsoft Windows. Whenever you access the Internet through the campus network, the NAC Agent will run. It will ask you for your e-MU username and password. Your PC will be scanned for the latest operating system (OS) updates and the newest virus definitions.

If you’re not up-to-date, your PC will be in placed into a Temporary Access mode. You will have 30 minutes to get to the websites you need to bring your PC up to the University security standards, such as antivirus web sites, but access to the local network will be limited. Once your PC is up-to-date, re-boot your PC so that the NAC agent runs again and you’ll be surfing the web safely with full access.

The Antivirus programs supported on campus are:

  • Microsoft Security Essentials Free Antivirus
  • AVAST! Free Antivirus
  • Trend Micro Antivirus
  • Norton Antivirus

You will need to have one of these antivirus programs installed on your PC with the latest virus definitions installed.  If you do not have an antivirus program installed on your PC you can use one of the links below to download a free antivirus program.

Free Antivirus Downloads

AVAST! Free Antivirus

Microsoft Security Essentials Free Antivirus Download