ITS implements and manages systems that help keep our network secure and reliable. These systems include firewalls, intrusion detection and prevention and network access control.
Network Security Policy
Please click on the link to review USF's Network Security Policy.
Technology Resources Appropriate Use Policy
University employees are responsible for reading and following the Technology Resources Appropriate Use Policy. Violations of this policy may be reported to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Access Management Policy
Please click on the link to review USF's ITS Access Management Policy.
Network Access Control in Residence Halls
The residence hall networks are protected by a Network Access Control application. The first time you launch a browser while connected to a wired jack in a residence hall, you will be prompted to install a Network Access Control agent that will periodically scan your computer for up-to-date anti-virus applications and operating system patches. This ensures that your computer stays free from viruses, runs smoothly and does not infect other computers on the network.
Please visit the Network Access Control page for more information. If you have trouble installing the agent or passing the scan, please contact the Help Desk.
Your password is the weakest link in network security chain. You should never write it down or share it with anyone. Passwords at USF are set to expire every six months, but you may want to refresh yours more often. When changing your password, please do not pick something obvious such as a person's name or a pet. Passwords should be difficult to guess and contain a mix of letters and numbers or other characters.
To change your password, log in to USF Connect and click on the 'My Account' link under the USF Connect logo in the upper left corner of the screen.
If you don't know your password and have only a student or alumni role, you may reset it by clicking on the 'Need your password?' link on the USF Connect login page, and then clicking on the 'Reset your password' link. You will need your USF ID number and birth date. Faculty and staff need to call or visit the Help Desk during service hours due to security concerns.
Remote Access (VPN)
For secure off-campus or wireless access to the USF network, faculty and staff should download and install Remote Access software (VPN).