REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL INCOMING STUDENTS


Minimum Computing Requirements for Student Devices

All NDU students enrolled in 10-month and short course programs (i.e., CIC eResident and Distance Learning courses, 10- to 12-week CISA and JFSC courses and some JFSC 4-week courses) are required to have a personal computing device AND Internet access outside of school. Personal computing devices include PC laptops/desktops and/or Mac laptops/desktops. All personal computing devices must have a functioning, modern web browser, the ability to run web-based applications, and up-to-date antivirus protection. Personal computing devices and operating systems recommended by NDU include:

  • PC with Windows 10
  • Mac with OS X (High Sierra)

The use of Government Furnished Equipment (GFE) from any agency outside NDU is strongly discouraged, as these devices often experience compatibility issues on the NDU network that cannot be resolved.

Although handheld mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets, are permissible in the NDU Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) environment, they are not adequate to complete the coursework required by most NDU programs. Students who participate in the BYOD program must keep their devices updated in order to connect to NDU’s Academic Wireless network.

NDU does not provide any type of computing devices for students; however, there are a limited number of workstations with print capability and Internet access in the NDU Libraries and within the colleges. Students are encouraged to embrace the paperless environment NDU provides through our connected curriculum.

IT Services Provided by NDU

NDU’s Information Technology Directorate (ITD) provides the following services to 10-month and short course students:

  • On-campus wireless network access to the Internet
  • On-campus printer access via the wireless network
  • Technical support for connecting mobile devices to the wireless network/printers*

Students in 10-month and short course programs receive Blackboard Learn Learning Management System accounts as well as a web-based email account with cloud-based storage for use during their course of study at NDU. Please note that some College of Information and Cyberspace eResident and DL students do not receive email/storage accounts.

Students are eligible to obtain a copy of the Microsoft Office Software Suite through the Microsoft Office Home Use Program (MS HUP) for approximately $10.00. For more information about MS HUP, visit http://microsofthup.com. Students who wish to participate in NDU’s MS HUP should contact the ITD Service Desk at 202-685-3824 to obtain registration information.

The DoD Antivirus Software license Agreement with McAfee and Symantec allows active DoD employees and students to utilize the antivirus software for home use. Home use of the antivirus products will not only protect personal PCs but will also potentially lessen the threat of malicious logic being introduced to the workplace and compromising DoD networks.  Interested DoD employees and students can use their CACs to download antivirus software vis the following URLs. Students who wish to participate in NDU’s Antivirus program the ITD Service Desk at 202-685-3824 to obtain NDU's registration code. 

Platform

URL

PC

http://www.mcafee.com/mis/dod

Mac

http://www.mcafee.com/mim/dod


Mandatory DoD Information Assurance (IA) Requirements

IMPORTANT! See the following program-specific web pages for IA Compliance instructions and forms.


 
 
 
 

All student access to NDU information is predicated on student compliance with DoD cybersecurity regulations. No student will receive access to any NDU system until they have accurately and fully completed the following mandatory DoD IA requirements:


U.S. military and all international students must submit:

  • An annual certificate of completion for the DoD Cyber Awareness Challenge v.4 that covers the entire term of their program of study; and,
  • An NDU Student Account Access Request (SAAR) Form 2875 completed and signed by the student.

U.S. civilian students must submit:

  • An annual certificate of completion for the DoD Cyber Awareness Challenge v.4 that covers the entire term of their program of study; and,
  • An NDU Student Account Access Request (SAAR) Form 2875 completed and signed by the student AND by the student's home unit/agency Security Office.

For questions about NDU’s technology and computing environment, please contact the ITD Service Desk at 202-685-3824.

 

* Students are encouraged to embrace the paperless environment NDU provides through our connected curriculum.