1. Introduction for Jisc Customers

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1.1 About Netsight & Netsight3

Netsight provides insight into the overall status of the Janet Network and valuable insights into the utilisation and performance of your connections. Available to all Janet Network-connected organisations, the service has been available in one form or another for more than 12 years. Netsight3 is the latest iteration of that service.

Netsight is being re-engineered with a new traffic monitoring system, user interface and new user account management approach.

A primary focus of the project will be to rewrite the core code to bring the system fully under the control of Jisc.

1.1.1 Who this guide is aimed at

This guide is aimed at people in Janet Network-connected organisations. As a Jisc customer you will have access to Netsight3 to gain visibility of your organisation's current network performance data and your current and historic traffic information.

1.2 Using this guide

This guide is written from the perspective of an end user logged in under an account with a Janet Community role.

1.2.1 Accessing Netsight3

You can access Netsight3 using the following URL:

https://netsight3.ja.net

1.3 Changes to User accounts and how to obtain them

1.3.1 A new User account model for Netsight3

In Netsight2, most user accounts for customers where generic, consisting of a login number plus a password. User accounts were actually institutional accounts, with one set of credentials per organisation rather than per user. This approach is quite insecure.

In order to address some of the security weaknesses in the Netsight2 user account model, we have introduced an individual account model in Netsight3.

We now have individual user accounts tied to a profile record and associated in turn with a work email account. This provides us with the name and contact email address of the individual Netsight3 users, and also means we can exclude accounts in a more granular way should there be issues, without having to exclude access for everyone from a particular organisation.

This model benefits users in not only being more secure but also allows us to build personalisation features on top in future releases.

1.3.2 Obtaining an account

You can request a Netsight3 login using the following form:

https://www.jisc.ac.uk/forms/apply-to-use-netsight3

1.4 Further help and support

If you need further help and support please email help@jisc.ac.uk.