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NSF Computer Security Policy


NSF is committed to providing you with the proper tools and resources during your visit to the Foundation. The following information will help you prepare for your trip to NSF.

For security purposes, every computer or mobile device that connects to NSF's visitor network is subject to monitoring. When connecting to a United States Government network such as NSF's visitor network, users should be aware that they have no expectation of privacy. All information, including emails and files, transmitted over the NSF visitor network is subject to monitoring by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) National Cyber Protection System (NCPS) and NSF officials. Thank you for helping NSF maintain a safe and secure IT working environment.


All computers connecting to the NSF visitor network are required to follow proper NSF IT security safeguards. Taking time to prepare your computer prior to your visit will ensure you can safely connect to NSF systems and resources.

Before traveling to NSF, be sure your computer or mobile device:

  • Has ALL current operating system service packs and security patches installed.
  • Is equipped with current, licensed anti-virus software as applicable.
  • Has current virus table updates/patches.
  • Has been fully scanned with virus detection software within one week of your visit.
  • Contains no quarantined (virus infected) items

NSF monitors all network traffic for possible malware installations. If your devices show signs of having malware installed, the devices will be removed from the NSF visitor network.


We appreciate your assistance and cooperation in working with us to make your visit productive while also maintaining a safe IT-working environment. Follow these steps upon arrival to NSF to get connected to the network:

  • Obtain a visitor's badge at the NSF Visitor Center
  • Visitors have limited access to NSF systems: FastLane, the Interactive Panel System, and NSF printers in the Conference Center. Visitors can access the Internet from a computer or mobile device in one of two ways:
    • Via eduroam with credentials from a participating university or institution:
      • Select eduroam from the list of available Wi-Fi connections.
      • Follow the eduroam process as usual to gain Internet access.
  • Via the NSF_Visitor connection:
    • Select NSF_Visitor from the list of available Wi-Fi connections. An Internet browser should open; if it does not, open a browser and you will be redirected automatically to the NSF Sign-On page.
    • If you already created an account, enter your login information. If you do not have an account, click "Don't have an account?" On the Self-Registration page, create an account by filling in the fields and clicking "Register." Note: You can self-register to use the NSF_Visitor connection and have access for seven days. After that, you will be required to register for a new account.


If you have any questions about this process, contact IT Help Central (Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. EST to 9:00 p.m. EST) at:

Telephone: (703) 292-HELP (4357)

Toll Free: (800) 711-8084