Network Management Policy
Policy Owner: Manager, Telecommunication Services
Note: An owner must be a PCES-level manager or higher.
This policy provides formally documented management expectations and intentions.
The purpose of this policy is to ensure the reliability and functionality of the Postal Service network. The Postal Service is committed to providing a high-quality, reliable, secure, and cost-effective data communication environment to support its business needs.
Network Management provides the technological underpinnings for data communication among employees, customers, partners, and suppliers in accordance with security and privacy policies and standards.
This policy applies to all Postal Service personnel and contracted vendors and to all information resources, technologies, services, and communications that are part of the Postal Service network.
Network Services include but are not limited to the following:
The Postal Service network must be installed, managed, tracked, and monitored by Telecommunication Services. Telecommunications network administrators and engineers have ownership of all network components and will oversee any and all connections to the network. Before connecting to the Postal Information Technology Network (PITN), all devices must be registered with and approved by Telecommunication Services and must follow the Postal Service standards for devices on the PITN.
Management of the Postal Service network includes all network-based protocols (IP addresses, routing tables, BGP, IGP, OSPF, DNS, DHCP, etc.). All network hosts or addresses must be registered with Telecommunication Services.
Telecommunication Services will implement and follow network security policy as defined by Corporate Information Security. Any use of network technology solution that compromise the security, reliability, or integrity of the Postal Service network is prohibited. Prohibited activities include, but are not limited to: network sniffing, scanning network ports, network denial-of-service, and transmitting network routing information or unauthorized packets across the network. All prohibited activities will be terminated and associated equipment removed from the network.
Business partner connectivity must be requested by a Postal Service sponsor, such as a portfolio manager, program manager, or project manager, and must be funded by the requestor’s organization.
All requests must be approved by the Postal Service Network Connectivity Board (NCRB). All Postal Service personnel and contracted vendors must adhere to the Network Management Standards.
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