Connecting to the Wireless and Wired Internet on Campus
Misericordia University has implemented an Network Admission Control (NA) solution called Cisco ISE. The purpose of this solution is to protect the wired and wireless users and computers on campus.
Cisco ISE will run on all wired ports in the Residence Halls and on all wireless networks on campus. In order to access the network each student will be required to register any device they wish to connect to the network. Once the device is registered the student will use their myMU username and password when logging onto a network. Students are limited to five devices at this time (2016).
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 myMU username and password. Your PC will be scanned for the latest operating system (OS) updates and the newest virus definitions.
If your computer is not up-to-date, your computer will be placed into Temporary Access Mode. You will have 30 minutes to access the websites you will need in order to update your PC to the University standards. This includes such sites as antivirus web sites. During this period your access to the local network will be limited. Once your computer is up-to-date, you may need to re-boot your computer so that the NAC agent can perform a new assessment. Once you pass the assessment(s) you can surf the web safety with full access. If you need assistance, or have any issues please bring your computer to the I.T. Student Helpdesk.
The Antivirus programs supported on campus are:
- Microsoft Security Essentials 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
Instructions for Network Access