Fort Hood NEC provides VPN secure access to the Fort Hood Local Area Network (LAN).
A VPN connection provides a means for a registered user of Ft. Hood services to
access those services from a remote location over a secure channel. This is done
with a method of authenticating the user and encapsulating the data as it traverses
the network, allowing it to bypass most access lists. The access method used is
independent of the VPN service. The base access method might be TSACS, a cable service
from a local provider, or some other dial-up method. VPN is a security augmentation
to the base access method. User authentication identifies the user to the VPN service
provider. By encapsulating user data it is "sealed", so it passes across the networks
between the users' PC and the VPN service provider without causing harm or being
interrupted along the way. In effect the VPN service provider is vouching for the
user and the users' network activities.
- Engineer and operate a VPN environment supported by hardware and software that
will permit authorized users to access their Fort Hood Network Infrastructure resources
from approved remote locations and authorized equipment; maintain a list of any
disapproved Internet Service Providers based on ACERT or other official advisories;
issue, manage, and maintain VPN accounts and authorizations; and implement and configure
required hardware and/or software for the approved remote equipment.
- Provide a VPN account.
- Provide a VPN Client (software to use on a travelling system).
- Provide security requirements, operational guidelines, and user authentication.
- Complete the request form with the assistance of your IASO/SA.
- Provide Government Furnished Equipment (GFE) for connection to Fort Hood LAN via
- Make pc available to the NEC for security scan and installation of the VPN client.
- Use VPN for official Government business only.
- NOT share user authentication information.
- Select and arrange for payment of acceptable Internet Service Provider (ISP).
- Install, manage, and maintain any software or hardware required by the ISP for
- Have GFE scanned for vulnerabilities according to local security policy according
to local security policy (EXAMPLE: quarterly).
- Coordinate through the Fort Hood NEC Customer Support Center (CSC) for installation
and configuration of VPN hardware and/or software on approved remote equipment subsequent
to verification of correct operation of services from the ISP.
- Recognize that the VPN establishes the remote equipment as an extension of the
Fort Hood Network Infrastructure subject to all US Government, DOD, DA, Fort Hood,
and organizational rules and regulations that apply to hardware, software, and use
of those Network facilities.
Questions and Contact Information
If you have any questions or would like to obtain this service, please contact your
Customer Account Manager (CAM) or check the NEC web site at:
If you do not know your CAM or your organization does not have a CAM assigned, please
contact the NEC Help Desk.