|In second place in the Technology group is Mississippi University for Women’s project Creating Cost Effective Public Networks, which addresses increasing bandwidth needs of university users as well as serving the needs of mobile Internet users via wireless access.
In the network project, five inexpensive high-speed internet access lines are aggregated, providing increased bandwidth for the campus yet isolating the new network from the public network in order to eliminate security threats. The university also installed a low-cost firewall to secure traffic to and from the public network. In addition, the university integrated the deployments of wireless networks for mobile students; wireless access is automatically placed into the public network, improving campus network security even in the event of wireless security breach.
The network project gives students faster, more secure, and less restrictive internet access without jeopardizing the security of the overall campus network. It provides students with greater bandwidth access, reduced workload on the student network, more flexible internet access, and simplified implementation of wireless internet access.