Personal Firewall Guidelines

Version 1.1.3

For Students, Faculty, Staff, Guests, Alumni


Office of Information Technology
Audience Faculty, students, administrative officials, staff, alumni, authorized guests, delegates, and independent contractors.
Effective Date 02/11/2011
Review Date 02/06/2018
Implementation History
Review Frequency: Annual
Responsible Person: Senior Director of IT Security and Assurance
Approved By: CISO
Background Information The purpose of this guideline is to ensure that appropriate measures are taken to protect IT Resources from malicious and unauthorized activity.


Firewalls are used to prevent unauthorized access to IT Resources.

IT Resources include computing, networking, communications, application, and telecommunications systems, infrastructure, hardware, software, data, databases, personnel, procedures, physical facilities, cloud-based vendors, Software as a Service (SaaS) vendors, and related materials and services.

Guidelines Statement

  • Firewall software should be installed on all University IT Resources.
  • For information on the University’s standard firewall software, call IT Service Desk at 718-817-3999 or email [email protected] to obtain a copy or to update the software.
  • If applicable, enable your operating system’s (i.e., Windows®1, Mac OS®2) built-in firewall.
  • Departments and individuals who choose to use firewall solutions other than the Office of Information Technology standard firewall solution should refer to the documentation provided with their software because:
    • they are responsible for maintaining and updating the software they have installed, and
    • the University may not support those products.

Related Policies, Procedures, and Forms

Revision History

Version Date Description
1.1 02/01/2011 Initial document
1.1.2 11/13/2019 Update to links
1.1.3 01/16/2020 Updated statement

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