IT Impacts of OFAC Sanctions


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In order to comply with economic and trade sanctions enforced by the US Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), several of our IT vendors have blocked the use of their services from countries or regions that are currently sanctioned by OFAC.

OFAC restrictions

OFAC maintains various sanctions programs, which can restrict

  1. Sending and receiving items and information.
  2. Traveling and/or presenting at conferences.
  3. Participating in distance education, either as a student or instructor.  
  4. Engaging in research collaborations. 
  5. Performing or receiving other services from sanctioned countries.

Please visit the Export Compliance Office for more information on the restrictions or contact the Export Compliance Office at export@umd.edu for assistance if you are considering any of these activities.

Current comprehensive sanctions

Companies currently blocking service from sanctioned areas

The links below include details about the impact of OFAC sanctions on each company.

The blocking of Duo prevents the use of any UMD service authenticated by the Central Authentication System (CAS) in the impacted areas.  The University and Duo are unable to offer any exceptions to this block.  This means that UMD community members based in or traveling to sanctioned countries or regions will not be able to access or communicate via any UMD-provided technology resources.

Use of the Global Protect Virtual Private Network (VPN) service is protected by Duo and as a result, is unavailable in sanctioned countries or regions.  Units operating their own VPN services must ensure that these countries and regions are blocked as well.

The blocking of Google’s educational service impacts both the UMD and Terpmail Google Workplaces.

We will update this article with more information as it becomes available. DIT is not able to provide any workarounds to bypass US Sanctions. If you have any questions, please contact itsupport@umd.edu.