CBL IT Infrastructure
The facility maintains a high speed link into the UMATS/MDREN University of Maryland network which itself provides not only inter-campus connections but as well provides connectivity to the commercial internet ("I1") and high speed university backbone ("I2"); the facility here also maintains a backup connection to UMATS/MDREN as a failover should the primary one be compromised. A state of the art firewall with IDS capability sits between the UMATS/MDREN links and the facility backbone LAN. This campus backbone is gigabit fiber optic between buildings and within the buildings to the workstations shared between administrative, academic, and telephone services with our CISCO based VoIP phone system. This network is also key to providing connectivity to the UM video teleconferencing system ("IVN"). Offsite email access is provided by a web based email interface at the facility. Other data network access to the internal facility network (campus cloud) from the outside is provided by VPN authenticated with your email credentials available on your PC, MAC, and Smartphones (CISCO IPSEC Group-Tunnel) using free and easy to use VPN client software; the VPN client is provided as part of the APPLE OS distribution on MAC and iPhone/iPad products. The campus also maintains a very pervasive campus-wide WiFi network that blankets all of the campus buildings and provides bleed-out access into the adjoining grounds, research pier complex and research fleet yard. This system is authenticated again using your email credentials via a web proxy and/or by VPN for internal facility network access. Two unauthenticated "guest only" WiFi access points are also provided within the two primary conference center buildings on campus allowing access to the outside commercial internet (only) for visiting researchers/guests.