Briefing ID #: 1549
ALL PRINCIPALS - Installation of New Network Security and
||All Principals/APs, Microsystems
To provide an increased level of network
security and protection for all MDCPS school networks, Information
Technology Services (ITS) has purchased Tipping Point X505 hardware for
every school site.
What is Tipping Point?
- Tipping Point is an intrusion prevention system that will
proactively protect school sites from attacks both from the public
Internet as well as possible attacks from other MDCPS school sites.
- Tipping Point will be mandated in the Network Security
standards as a requirement for all schools.
- Tipping Point will identify and automatically
quarantine desktops within a school that become infected with computer
viruses or worms due to non-compliance with District standards. This process will eliminate the
need to totally block Internet access to an entire school
site. Desktops can now be individually quarantined and
identified to the local school site technician.
Network Security staff will remotely manage and control the new device;
no involvement on the part of the local school technician will be
the event that one or more desktops at the school site become infected
with a serious virus or worm, ITS staff will be able to automatically
alert the school site technician via email. The email will
contain the appropriate technical information related to the infected
desktops allowing for immediate action by
will it be installed?
installation of the Tipping Point devices will begin
in January 2007 on a school by school basis and will be
performed by United Data Technologies (UDT).
representative from UDT will contact the school principal
via telephone and make an appointment to deliver and install the
a day and time is setup, the principal should arrange to have their
school site technician available to escort the UDT
personnel as needed. If your school does not have a school site
technician, please contact your designated ITS, Region Project
Once the device is delivered and setup on the
school site network, the principal or designee will be required to sign
a Property Accounting form which will be provided and will be
used to have the new equipment assigned to the school.
||Tom Sims ( 305-995-3604 ) |