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I have run into two interesting use cases. The first is the obvious, providing access to people on campus who do not normally have access to our "regular" wireless network (which will soon require authentication, etc. etc.). The second one is the use case where you need guests to interact closely with faculty and staff. For example the laptop of a visiting researcher who is collaborating closely with a particular faculty member (or lab). For example in the lab they may need to be on the same subnet as the affiliated people. Now for a long term visitor, they can presumably be granted credentials and become effectively a part of the community. But there is also the short term (aka a weekend) case. Another way to look at it is that some guests just need access to the Internet while others need access to the network at the institutions and these are subtly different. -Jeff

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Guests on our wireless network require a campus "sponsor" who basically approves their request to connect to our network. The sponsor is able to set the times/days of access, enable/disable their wireless "account". The guest account can be reactivated later if the guest comes back to campus, for instance, on a yearly basis. The guest creates their own userid/password, fills out demographic info and has to enter the university sponsor. We don't restrict  their access to the net.

See http://www.cns.vt.edu/data_guestAccess.html and  http://www.cns.vt.edu/data_guestFAQ.html for details.

-Randy Marchany
VA Tech IT Security Officer & Lab


IMHO, Virginia Tech does guest wireless The Right Way. As an annual repeat customer, I appreciate that the access is relatively seemless for the week that I'm there and yet it is also not "free WiFi" like you might find at Panera or Starbucks. - ken randy marchany wrote: > Guests on our wireless network require a campus "sponsor" who > basically approves their request to connect to our network. The > sponsor is able to set the times/days of access, enable/disable their > wireless "account". The guest account can be reactivated later if the > guest comes back to campus, for instance, on a yearly basis. The guest > creates their own userid/password, fills out demographic info and has > to enter the university sponsor. We don't restrict their access to > the net. > > See http://www.cns.vt.edu/data_guestAccess.html and > http://www.cns.vt.edu/data_guestFAQ.html for details. > > -Randy Marchany > VA Tech IT Security Officer & Lab > > >

+1, with one delta… our sponsored guest accounts expire at a 90-day interval, and can be renewed by the sponsor. This essentially closes the gap that could be created if a sponsor is overly generous in the initially specified duration of the account.

 

Dan Jones

CISO, UMass Medical School

 

From: The EDUCAUSE Security Constituent Group Listserv [mailto:SECURITY@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU] On Behalf Of randy marchany
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Subject: Re: [SECURITY] Do you need two Guest Wireless Networks? (Re: [SECURITY] Questions/thoughts around outsourcing guest wireless)

 

Guests on our wireless network require a campus "sponsor" who basically approves their request to connect to our network. The sponsor is able to set the times/days of access, enable/disable their wireless "account". The guest account can be reactivated later if the guest comes back to campus, for instance, on a yearly basis. The guest creates their own userid/password, fills out demographic info and has to enter the university sponsor. We don't restrict  their access to the net.

See http://www.cns.vt.edu/data_guestAccess.html and  http://www.cns.vt.edu/data_guestFAQ.html for details.

-Randy Marchany
VA Tech IT Security Officer & Lab

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