University of Wisconsin–Madison
Firewall

New devices help protect your University data

Among the frequent news reports about worldwide cyber threats and data breaches, have you ever wondered what UW-Madison is doing behind the scenes to protect University information? In addition to daily operations that follow cybersecurity best practices, the Office of Cybersecurity regularly invests in projects that continue to enhance the security of our networks. One such ongoing project that you should know about is the Network Firewall Upgrade.

In 2018, UW-Madison replaced all campus network firewalls with new firewalls. A firewall is a network security device that monitors internet traffic to or from a network. It allows or blocks traffic based on a defined set of security rules. In addition to up-to-date traditional network level protections, these newly installed firewalls offer advanced protection features that will provide University networks with greater protection from cyber attacks. These features offer customizations to prevent specific threats and can be easily tweaked to the specifications of individual firewall administrators.

The current and final phase of this project is to have all campus IT staff that manage their unit’s firewall turn on these advanced features. The Office of Cybersecurity is working together with these firewall administrators to ensure that the advanced features are fully enabled and in a way that does not disrupt the daily work of the University.

While IT teams are encouraged to transition early, this important work will be fully completed by the end of 2019. It will result in a more secure network that better protects University systems and data from attempted cyber attacks. If you have questions or concerns regarding how this project may affect your network or if you are responsible for a firewall but not already working with the Office of Cybersecurity, please contact cybersecurity@cio.wisc.edu.