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Impulse Safe•Connect to Replace CCA

This summer, Impulse Safe•Connect will replace AU’s current Network Access Control (NAC) solution (Cisco Clean Access or CCA). 

Simply put, the NAC’s function is network security. When AU adopted Cisco’s solution in 2004, it was at the forefront of the industry. Its implementation resulted in an 83 percent reduction in computer virus infections from 2004 to 2006. Recently however, Cisco’s software updates and new releases have lagged, so OIT began a search for a better NAC product.

An evaluation team gathered feedback from OIT staff, campus technical partners, and representatives of the Office of Campus Life and the Faculty Senate Committee on Information Services. A request for proposal was sent to top vendors, and three responding vendors were chosen for evaluation. Impulse Safe•Connect was unanimously selected: it provided the best customer experience, met AU’s security requirements, and was most suited to AU’s current network architecture.

Safe•Connect will be implemented this summer and completed by the start of the fall semester. The project will begin with the residence halls and the EagleSecure wireless network. Safe•Connect features include:

  • quicker and broader support for new operating systems, anti-virus and anti-spyware products, and hardware devices
  • continuous posture assessment of your computer’s security, so no requirement to log into the system every Wednesday for a posture check
  • a fail-safe model, meaning you can fully use the AU network even if there is a technical issue with Safe•Connect
  • simpler remediation if you need to update your computer to meet a security requirement

For questions or more information about Impulse Safe•Connect, contact the IT Help Desk at 885-2550, email, or instant message AskAmericanUHelp.