USPS to modify ACE users’ internet access
The Postal Service is modifying internet access for ACE computer users to help protect the organization from cyberthreats such as malware and phishing links.
Starting this month, internet access will be approved based on a multilevel structure for all USPS-issued desktops, laptops and tablets, as well as smartphones (when the phones connect to the postal network).
The multilevel structure encompasses seven levels:
• Level 0 — Basic: Blue, LiteBlue and approved USPS applications;
• Level 1 — Standard: General internet access;
• Level 2 — Standard Plus: Video streaming on websites and YouTube;
• Level 3 — Social Media: Social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram;
• Level 4 — Enhanced: Technical research sites for downloading patches and tech research;
• Level 5 — Super: Restricted sites; and
• Level 6 — Ultra: All internet access except ransomware and spyware websites.
ACE users should confer with a manager to determine which access level aligns with their job duties.
Users who require Standard (Level 1) access or higher will need to submit an eAccess request to receive approval.
Managers should not approve higher levels of access unless justification is provided on the user’s eAccess form. The form will then be reviewed by a functional system coordinator, who will approve or deny the request.
If the request is not received on or before March 19, the user’s internet access will automatically revert to Basic (Level 0) until approval for a higher level is granted.
The Postal Inspection Service is taking a distinct approach to modifying its internet access. Inspection Service employees who are ACE users will receive separate communications with details and specific action steps.