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Network Security: How to Meet Minimum Standards

Find out how to comply with security standards for any device connected to the UCSD network.

Noncompliant computers or devices risk being disconnected.

Note: For background on the standards, read Network Security: Minimum Standards.

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Computer user

  • Ask your desktop support person if your computer meets the minimum security standards, including:
  • If your computer doesn't meet the standards:
    • Ask your desktop support person to install the necessary software
      OR
    • Get department approval to install the software yourself. Follow these steps:
      • Remove any anti-virus software from your computer.
      • Sophos Endpoint Protection is available for use on UCSD-owned devices. To gain access to the download site, send a request to support-sophos@ucsd.edu
      • Update the software regularly (at least daily).
      • Install the appropriate firewall software.
  • Regularly check for updates to your operating system. See Updating Your Operating System.
  • Note: If you don't have a desktop support person, you can obtain guidance from the ACT Help Desk (for faculty and staff) or the ResNet Help Desk (for students).


Remote computer user or Acting as your own system administrator

  • Read the Minimum Network Connection Standards, available in Exhibit C of the Network Security Policy.
  • If your home computer or your UCSD computer or laptop doesn't meet the standards, install the necessary software by following these steps:
  • Regularly check for updates to your operating system. See Updating Your Operating System.


System administrator

  • Become familiar with the latest security standards.
    • Review the existing Network Security Policy.
    • Pay special attention to the minimum standards in Exhibit C of the policy.
  • Update any noncompliant machines by installing anti-virus and firewall software.
  • Make sure operating systems have been updated. See Updating Your Operating System.

Administrative official

Become familiar with the dangers of network security breaches and the safeguards that UCSD is implementing.

  • Review the existing Network Security Policy.
  • Pay special attention to the minimum standards in Exhibit C of that policy.
  • Determine the impact on your unit.
  • Work with your department's system administrator(s) to make sure that all the computers in your area are compliant.

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