Remotely Connecting to University Systems

ISO Position Paper

Position Title: Remotely connecting to University systems

Position Audience: All employees

Contact: Information Security Office: InfoSec@princeton.edu

Position Release Date: November 15, 2017

Last Update: September 27, 2021


Problem Statement

Members of the University community have inquired about remotely accessing University
systems using their personal devices.

ISO Position

It is the position of the Information Security Office that remote access to University systems is
only through approved University devices. Personal devices introduce security risks to the
University infrastructure and data, and should not be used to access your work computer, or
University files and applications.

For both security and business continuity reasons, University-issued laptops should be used
when working remotely.

Special note as of 3/6/20:

In view of the impending challenges with respect to the
COVID-19 virus and the need to work from home, the ISO is relaxing its position on the
usage of personal devices for University work during this crisis. As long as the
personal device is running a supported operating system with an active firewall and
antivirus software, it is acceptable to use these devices until further notice.

AV software

  • Windows
  • Mac
  • Android
  • Apple iOS: Not applicable

Enable firewall

  • Windows
  • Mac

Supported operating systems

Data classification: Public