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Controlling Access to Our Network (Bradford)

One of the requirements of accessing the Colgate network is to have the Bradford Persistent Agent (PA) installed on your computer. Why? The PA has advantages for everybody who uses our network.

The PA helps us help you keep your computer safe, secure, and running at its top potential. It can perform periodic scans without your intervention. The PA provides you with the results of its scans, and the status of your network connection. (It also provides actual cost savings for the university by conserving usage licenses.)

More About Scans

The Information Technology Services (ITS) department at Colgate schedules periodic network scans as part of its charge to provide a robust and secure network. These scans are designed to make sure your computer is up to date with the latest OS and virus software updates. Keeping this software current will help to keep your computer protected from the security threats and vulnerabilities that are looking for their next victims. And the end result is that our network will function better for all of us.

Uninstalling the PA

Some students will uninstall the PA once they are registered. While it is true that your computer may work fine (for a short time) without the PA, it may ultimately prove to be most inconvenient. Here’s why:

The PA communicates with the Bradford system, and the scan takes place in the background. If the PA is not present on your computer, and a scan is required, your computer will not be able to communicate with the Bradford system and your computer will be removed from the production network. If that occurs, you will need to take your computer through another registration process, which involves downloading a dissolvable agent (DA) to perform and pass the scan before your computer can rejoin the network.

Summary

It’s your choice. Your computer needs the PA for required, ongoing scans. The absence of the PA, should you uninstall it after registration, can result in your computer being removed from the production network.