Information Security Guideline


  1. This guideline is meant to provide guidance on configuring firewalls to protect UBC Electronic Information.
  2. This guideline has been issued by the Chief Information Officer to supplement the Securing Computing and Mobile Storage Devices/Media standard. Compliance with this guideline is recommended, but not mandatory. Questions about this guideline may be referred to
  3. Properly configured firewalls provide an additional layer of defense that works with anti-virus and regular patching, in the overall protection of UBC Systems and UBC Electronic Information. The focus of this guideline is primarily host based firewalls; it should be noted if a network based firewall is required for a department or faculty, UBC IT provides a Virtual Firewall Service.

Firewall Instructions

Operating System Instructions
Windows Windows Firewall & Network Protection
Applies to: Windows 10

Windows Firewall with Advanced Security
Applies to: Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2

Getting Started Guide
Applies to: Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Vista
Apple OS X About the application firewall
Applies to: Mac OS X v10.5, v10.6 and later

Prevent unwanted connections with a firewall
Applies to: macOS 10.13 and later

Related Documents and Resources

  1. Policy SC14, Acceptable Use and Security of UBC Electronic Information and Systems
  2. Securing Computing and Mobile Storage Devices/Media standard
  3. UBC IT Virtual Firewall Service

Guideline Last Revised: 2021-02