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What is Network Quarantine?

At times it becomes necessary to isolate a computer from the campus network in order to protect the integrity of the network and/or the institution. One situation where this becomes necessary arises from use of a computer to conduct illegal activities or activities that violate university policy; another arises from a computer generating network traffic that adversely impacts the performance of the network. Network quarantine is the mechanism employed by ITS to isolate offending computers from the campus network until these kinds of problems can be rectified.

There are three levels of network quarantine with each successive level having more restrictive network access and more stringent requirements for removal from quarantine. The levels are:

Level 1 - All web traffic is redirected to a quarantine web site. The web site provides information about the possible problem along with suggested remedial actions. It also provides a link for the user to remove the computer from quarantine unilaterally, and hopefully after the problem has been corrected.

Level 2 - All web traffic is redirected to a quarantine web site. The web site provides information about the possible problem along with suggested remedial actions. Students are directed to the Dean of Student's Office for removal.

Level 3 - All network communication is disabled. Additionally, the network port to which the offending computer is connected may be disabled. No network communication is possible.