We are creating a WAN/Intranet with Internet access within our school
district. The district office will serve as a central hub for all
schools with an ISP feed being channelled through the central office
site. Our firewall will sit at this location.
One of our schools has a satellite coming into place soon. It will offer
'pull' services only -- one cannot transmit data (Data transmission will
occur via a telephone line). The primary advantage of the satellite is
for http throughput to the school site. I'm not particularly concerned
about someone tapping into our satellite download but I do want our
internal information secure and our systems secure.
What are my security considerations with regard to our Intranet data and
with regard to our systems security. It appears to me, at first blush,
that these are not at high risk, since information coming via satellite
must first be requested from the site. I'm assuming that internal
information is sent via the internal WAN and not out onto the Internet
to be returned to the school satellite. (Hmm... is this a configurable
option?) I would appreciate any advisement.
Maurice Hollingsworth, Ph.D. e-mail:
District Computer Coordinator
Palliser Regional Schools