Information Systems and Services

FAQ for Network Access Control Testing

There are two parts to this system, Clean Access itself and the Clean Access Agent.

Clean access is a solution provided by Cisco, Inc. that performs network validation. The software performs the following functions:

Require authentication to the network :

  • Validate whether the system connecting to the network meets the minimum security standards.
  • Quarantines the system until it meets the minimum security standards.
  • Provides access to the remediation sites. Once the system is validated as “clean,” allows access to the network.

What does this mean to you?

  • It means that you’ll now be more protected from threats such as viruses and internet worms. If you have not updated your Windows patches and installed antivirus software then Clean Access will ensure you install these required security components before you are allowed to use the campus network.

What does the Clean Access Agent do?

  • The Clean Access Agent is the client application that can check certain security settings on any Microsoft Windows PC to make sure that the system is up-to-date with required security patches and report this status to the Clean Access Server. No information about the user or the content of user files is sent to the server. Each user must use Clean Access Agent for his/her Microsoft Windows PC in order to authenticate and use the College network.

What does Clean Access Agent look at?

  • The only files Clean Access Agent looks at on your PC are OS files and anti-virus files. It doesn’t look at pictures, music files, or your last term paper. It doesn’t care about those things, and neither do we. We just want your PC to be up-to-date and “play nice” on the network.

Why do I need the Clean Access Agent?

  • It is not possible to remotely check your computer to make sure it has all security patches and antivirus updates. By running on your computer, the Clean Access Agent can check your computer and report back to the Clean Access server.

The software performs the following functions:

  • Validate whether the system connecting to the network meets the minimum security standards.
  • Quarantines the system until it meets the minimum security standards.
  • Provides access to the remediation sites.
  • Once the system is validated as “clean,” allows access to the network.

What antivirus software is required?

  • Berea College provides McAfee antivirus software free of charge to all students. Students with current and up-to-date copies of other antivirus packages are also considered valid but the Help Desk can only troubleshoot validation issues for McAfee Antivirus.

How do I download Cisco Clean Access?

  • Plug your CAT 5 Ethernet cable into your computer’s Ethernet adapter and the Ethernet jack in your room (make sure you get the Ethernet jack, not the phone jack). Just open your Internet browser (i.e., Internet Explorer, Firefox, etc.) and you’ll be redirected to our registration page where you can download the program.

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