The purpose of this Control is to prevent or mitigate denial of service attacks on University networks.


  • This Control applies to all Texas A&M network information resources. The intended audience for this Control includes all information resource owners and custodians.


  • 1

    Each university unit managing a network shall establish a security strategy that includes perimeter protections (e.g., DMZ, firewall, intrusion detection or prevention system, or router) and incorporates:

    • 1.1

      monitoring for denial of service attack,

    • 1.2

      configuration settings at the network layer to combat such attacks, and

    • 1.3

      maintaining logs of all network activity.

  • 2

    Units shall operate firewall technology with procedures and guidance from Technology Services security operations.

    • 2.1

      The Technology Services security operations staff are authorized to disconnect users from the University network if these procedures are not followed.

  • 3

    The Technology Services security operations staff are responsible for managing the campus firewall and may provide specific guidance and procedures to units in the following areas:

    • 3.1

      Virtual and physical architecture;

    • 3.2

      Protocols and applications that are permitted through the firewall, both inbound and outbound;

    • 3.3

      Traffic monitoring rule set;

    • 3.4

      Approval process for updating or changing rule sets; and,

    • 3.5

      Auditing and testing to verify a firewall’s configuration, rule set accuracy, and effectiveness.