There are three types of firewalls available from ITS.

Note: The Virtual Firewall (VFW) has been retired and replaced by the Next Generation Firewall (NGFW).

  • Next Generation Firewalls
    The Next Generation Firewall (NGFW) is part of the university’s overall information security framework. The NGFW protects university information assets from cybercriminals and stops threats to the network through the application of content inspection, cloud-based threat intelligence, and malicious software analysis. The platform provides consistent protection and enhances the university’s information security efforts.
  • Distributed Firewalls
    The Distributed Firewall service was designed to protect and prevent malicious traffic in the MiServer virtual server environment.
  • Data Center Firewalls
    Data Center firewalls were designed to protect specific network activities to and from specific projects, systems, and information housed in university data centers (e.g., sensitive research projects, Wolverine Access transactions, MiServer instances, and others).

Custom Unit Firewalls

Campus units requiring additional firewall security for specific business activities and transactions can work with ITS to design, implement, and maintain custom firewalls. Custom firewalls can be administered by unit IT professionals, or ITS. Custom firewalls can support point-to-point tunnels, packet inspections of in or outbound traffic, and full-featured event logging.

Note: Units can request changes to firewalls using the Firewall Change Request Form or by contacting the ITS Service Center. Change request requires the following information:
  • Source
  • Destination
  • Protocol
  • Port(s)

Firewall training is available for unit IT staff from the UMnet Administration team. They can also provide recommended vendor courses.