UC Santa Cruz Firewall and Public Internet Access Registration

UC Santa Cruz Firewall

UC Santa Cruz's firewall protects against outside cyberattacks by shielding computer systems and networks from malicious or unnecessary network traffic. It can also prevent malicious software from accessing a computer or network via the Internet. UC Santa Cruz's firewall provides these services by default to the entire campus network. 

Public Internet Access Registration 

UC Santa Cruz students, faculty and staff managing a computer system located on campus that hosts websites or data requiring access from outside the campus network, must be registered to allow public Internet traffic.

Prerequisites for Public Internet Access Registration

All registrants must meet the minimum security standards per the UC Electronic Information Security Policy (IS-3).

Additionally, servers and devices hosting websites and data must meet the following conditions in order to register:

  • A UC Santa Cruz approved threat detection and identification (TDI) tool must be installed. 
  • A UC Santa Cruz approved vulnerability management tool and credentialed scan must be enabled. 
  • Critical vulnerabilities must be addressed. 
  • Patched and supported versions of operating systems and software must be in use.  
  • A Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN) must be registered. If you do not have one, request a UCSC Domain Name before proceeding with Public Internet Access Registration. 

If your device is ITS managed, these requirements may have been met. Check with the system owner or administrative contact to confirm. You may also contact your Unit Information Security Lead (UISL) or subject matter experts for more technical assistance and information security policy guidance.


If your website or data is hosted on campus and you only intend to access it via the campus VPN service, then you do not need to register. However, if it is hosted by a third party provider, you may still have to register. Please contact the Information Security team at ispolicy@ucsc.edu for clarification.

If you plan on using one of the campus-provided website services, you do not need to register.

How to Register  

To register a website or device, or edit your registration, complete the Firewall Rule Registration request.

Registration and changes are processed within seven business days.


This service is funded by Information Technology Services. There is no direct charge to the department requesting the service.

Get Help  

Support for this service is available M-F, 8am-5pm. If you need assistance, contact the ITS Support Center.

Consultation priority is first-come, first-served unless prioritized otherwise by management.