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Boise State Virtual Private Network Standard

Updated January 2016

The purpose of this standard is to define requirements for Virtual Private Network (VPN) connections to the Boise State network and outlined in the Boise State Remote Access policy.

I. Standard

Approved Boise State employees and authorized third parties may use the benefits of VPNs, which are a “user managed” service. This means that the user is responsible for selecting an Internet Service Provider (ISP), coordinating installation, installing any required software, and paying associated fees. Further details may be found in the Remote Access policy.

Additionally,

  1. It is the responsibility of employees with VPN privileges to ensure that unauthorized users are not allowed access to Boise State internal networks.
  2. When actively connected to the Boise State network, the VPN will force all traffic to and from the host over the VPN tunnel: all other traffic will be dropped.
  3. Dual (split) tunneling is NOT permitted; only one network connection is allowed.
  4. VPN gateways will be set up and managed by Boise State’s Office of Information Technology.
  5. All hosts that are connected to Boise State’s internal networks via remote access must meet the configuration requirements defined in the Minimum Standard For Systems.
  6. VPN users will be automatically disconnected from Boise State’s network after thirty minutes of inactivity. The user must then logon again to reconnect to the network. Pings or other artificial network processes are not to be used to keep the connection open.
  7. Only OIT-approved VPN clients may be used.
  8. By using VPN technology with personal equipment, users must understand that their machines are a de facto extension of Boise State’s network, and as such are subject to the same rules and regulations that apply to Boise State-owned equipment, i.e., their machines must be configured to comply with Boise State Policies.

II. Scope

This standard applies to all Boise State employees, contractors, consultants, temporaries, and other workers including all personnel affiliated with third parties using VPNs to access the Boise State network.

III. Responsibility

All users of Boise State IT resources are responsible for compliance with this standard and the Remote Access policy.

IV. Procedures

A. Non-Compliance: Any employee found to have violated this standard and by doing so, the Remote Access policy, may be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment.

Questions about this standard should be directed to the Chief Information Security Officer:
Email: CISO@boisestate.edu
Phone: (208) 426-5701

Adapted with permission from the SANS Institute Security Policy Project.

 

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