Using a Virtual Private Network (VPN) helps keep us safe online

As the global pandemic limits our mobility, a secure work-from-home network has become an important necessity. For faculty and staff, using university-owned work computers and devices from home presents significant cybersecurity challenges when connecting to the university network. Additionally, students taking remote classes need to replicate their accustomed on-campus experience as closely as possible, but with their personal computers and small screen devices.

VPN logo on a shield, background is image of many cables leading from back of a computer serverHow do we make sure all of these connections into the university network are secure? IT Services provides a Virtual Private Network (VPN) connection to securely access university resources from remote locations.

What is a VPN and why should I use one?

VPN is a technology that allows you to establish a more secure connection–compared to public or home Wi-Fi—between your personal or work-owned device and the university network. VPN is secure because all of your online traffic is transferred over an authenticated and encrypted point-to-point connection to the VPN.

Getting started on the VPN

IT Services delivers and supports the university VPN service that is available to every member of the faculty, staff, and student body. VPN is used for the remote academic, research, and business needs of the university by allowing remote access to campus-only services (such as restricted web applications or office computers) from outside the campus network.

Get started now and set up your VPN connection to begin experiencing a more secure network that will help keep you stay safe online.

What’s new on the university VPN?

An updated VPN service is coming soon! Scheduled to go live for the Spring 2021 semester, the new VPN will include the following features:

  1. Log in with your NetID 2.0 account.
  2. Our highly-availabile and robust VPN can scale to permit many more simultaneous users without impacting your speed or performance.
  3. The new service is more secure and can evolve with our changing needs.

If you have additional questions or need assistance setting up and configuring your devices for the new VPN, contact IT Services.

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