Only approved devices are allowed to attach to the City’s computer network

In order to protect the City’s data, City policy forbids employees from plugging unauthorized devices into a network jack connected to the City’s internal computer network. The most common examples of unauthorized devices are personal laptops, home-use wireless routers and multi-port switches; however, it can mean any computer, switch, router, hub, printer or other device that hasn’t been approved by Minneapolis Information Technology (IT).

Unauthorized devices may not be connected to the City’s network because there’s no way to ensure that your device meets Minneapolis IT security configuration standards. Personal computers can host malicious software that can infect City systems.

City policy also forbids bypassing security protections that prevent unapproved devices from connecting to the network using the ComNet wireless network or VPN remote access. Unauthorized wireless transmitters — especially those designed for home use — expose the City to a high risk of attack by people with malicious intent. Because these devices often broadcast far beyond the intended range, people outside our buildings can detect the network and spend whatever time they need trying to break in without being observed. Security on these home-use devices can be breached in as little as 15 minutes and even quicker if the device is being used with its default factory settings.

For more information on how you can safeguard City information and IT service availability, visit the CityTalk iRiskAware website.

 

Published Apr 24, 2013

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