August 4, 2015

Clinical workstations to have improved safeguards against malware, spyware, viruses and more

 Beginning Aug. 4, Vanderbilt IT will increase protection against malware, spyware and viruses, along with phishing sites and sites containing inappropriate material for all clinical workstation machines.

At this time, VUIT will switch services from the current Websense provider to the Next Generation Network (NGN) control point security appliances. NGN was developed to provide more robust and accurate protections for all Vanderbilt networks and hosts.

The new NGN URL protection environment will parallel the current category blocking list (see Table 1.1). All existing Websense blocked and allowed URLs will remain the same in the new environment.

If a user attempts to access a blocked or malicious site, a splash page will appear with a URL to Pegasus that the user can click if he or she believes that a site has been mistakenly blocked. The user can then fill out a Pegasus request form that will go to the appropriate Security Operations personnel for review.

URL reviews will be handled on a first-in-first-out basis and should be completed within 48 business hours (pending no additional actions). The user will then receive feedback from the assigned Security Operations personnel regarding the status of the site and a brief explanation.

To learn more about NGN’s enhanced protection, please contact the Vanderbilt IT Help Desk at (615) 343-4357.


Table 1.1
Vanderbilt URL Block List *
adult
auctions
dating
dynamic-dns
gambling
games
hacking
internet-communications-and-telephony
job-search
malware
military
motor-vehicles
nudity
online-storage-and-backup
parked
peer-to-peer
personal-sites-and-blogs
phishing
proxy-avoidance-and-anonymizers
questionable
real-estate
recreation-and-hobbies
shareware-and-freeware
shopping
social-networking
society
sports
stock-advice-and-tools
streaming-media
swimsuits-and-intimate-apparel
travel
unknown
weapons
web-advertisements
web-based-email
web-hosting