NSrA Project

Benefits

Once completed, Ithaca College will have a network infrastructure that meets the campus community's needs, adheres to industry best practices and secures the College's data in a state-of-the-art manner.

Users will benefit from:

  • Increased network speed to the desktop - from 10 Mbps to 1 Gbps, a significant improvement
  • Increased network speed to support current technology needs (e.g. video and web conferencing)
  • A safer and more secure environment
  • Increased network reliability through system redundancy
  • The implementation of information technology best practices as defined by ITIL regarding change management, incident management, configuration management, problem management and release management

The institution will benefit from a better network infrastructure:

  • All fiber communication links upgraded to 10 Gbps from 1 Gbps
  • All Category 3 wiring upgraded to a minimum of Category 5 with Category 6 being preferred
  • Redundant technology built into the network to ensure reliable performance
  • Lifecycle management processes established to ensure network hardware gets upgraded in a timely manner
  • Campus-wide wireless deployment
  • Network and information security concerns will be better handled using intrusion detection systems, infrastructure fortification and routine vulnerability assessments

The institution will benefit from these security goals:

Most higher education institutions, like Ithaca College, process and store a complex mix of sensitive information similar to that associated with banks, hospitals and library institutions. Ithaca College also has to comply with recent federal legislation regulating data retention procedures for both profit and non-profit entities.

  • Decrease the opportunity for malicious hackers to attack the college's infrastructure
  • Ensure that Ithaca College is in compliance with federal, state and local regulations including:
    1. Family Education Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA)
    2. The Privacy Act of 1988 (and applicable amendments)
    3. Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
    4. Electronic Funds Transfer Act (EFTA)
    5. Gramm-Leach-Blilely Act (GLBA)
    6. Certain sections of US Code (USC) Title 20
    7. Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA)
    8. Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) Act applicable compliance
    9. E-discovery amendments to Federal Rules of Procedure (FRCP)