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border firewalls at RU/VH (research universities) institutions
Without getting into Science-DMZ issues, I'd like to hear from the RU/VH (Research Universities/very high research activity: formerly R1 institutions) campuses (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_research_universities_in_the_United_States for list) concerning which of you (if any) have border firewall(s) in place that essentially default to a deny rule for inbound traffic.
No need to get philosophical about the usefulness of said implementation; you'd be preaching to the choir. However, we do need to know if anyone does have this specific environment in place and, if so, can we speak to you about it? I noted in one thread that "Reportedly, UC Irvine has taken a different approach and implemented a default deny rule for inbound traffic at the campus border. Based on my understanding, any person can request a hole be poked in the firewall via some type of self-service web application so there is a very low bar for allowing connections, but most things are blocked by default" -- is anyone familiar with UC Irvine's border network architecture and whether or not this is indeed the case?
Prompt feedback or pointers would be greatly appreciated -- thanks!!
-- Jim Gogan
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill