A security policy includes both global settings and location settings. Global settings are applied regardless of your location. Location settings are applied only when the Security Client detects that its current network environment meets a location defined by your administrator.
A security policy might have a few defined locations or it might have many. For each location, the Security Client applies the security settings defined for that location. For example, an Office location might have one set of firewall settings while a Remote location has another.
Figure 1-1 The Security Client Adjusts Security Settings Based on the Detected Location
Your administrator defines locations that you commonly visit, such as your office location or home location. Whenever you visit a location that is not defined, the Security Client applies the Unknown location. The Unknown location includes the following default security settings:
Change Locations = Permitted
Change Firewall Settings = Not permitted
Save Location = Not permitted
Update Policy = Permitted
Default Firewall settings = All Adaptive (all ports open for inbound and outbound traffic)
Your administrator can change the Unknown location’s security settings, so your settings might be different than the ones listed above.