As a part of the incident remediation plan and the ongoing efforts for preventing future cyberattacks, the Office of Information Technology (OIT) of Georgia Tech will soon be allowing access to the TechWorks and the TimeOut only through the networks of Georgia Tech campus and the virtual plate network (VPN) of the Institute. This move for the reduction of the risk of exposing web-based services has gone into effect from Thursday 8th August.
The Chief Information Security Officer of Georgia Tech, Jimmy Lummis said that keeping in mind the recent security incident that involved their student information system, it was crucial that they take steps for securing this system as well as others that were connected to their business critical systems.
The faculty, staff and the students are currently able to access TechWorks as well as TimeOut from any of the computer networks. This change would need individuals that were not already connected to a network of the Georgia Tech campus for first connecting to the VPN of the campus before finally attempting to open up the web applications. The remote, secure VPN connection made sure that the users maintained the privacy as well as confidentiality of their data despite their location by adding another layer of security for the off-campus users as they leveraged the web-based services for sending and receiving data.
Georgia Tech is offering VPN service via the Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client that is available for Windows, Linux operating systems, and OS X. It was also available for the mobile Apple iOS as well as Android devices.