Employee Virtual Private Network (VPN)
Why is use of a virtual private network (VPN) important?
The CSU and Stanislaus State have responsibility to protect the information we collect or create in the process of conducting the activities of the institution.
VPN allows those working remotely with University laptops to use insecure networks in a secure manner and enables them to access resources as though they are on the campus network.
What is a VPN?
A virtual private network (VPN) uses encryption to secure communications by securing the contents from the network the VPN client (laptop) is connected to. The client sends the secured network traffic to a VPN server on the campus network and then routes it to on campus resourses, like shared drives or applications only accessible on our network.
Who needs to use the VPN?
Individuals with a University owned and managed laptops who need to work off-site but have access to network resources only offered while on campus available to them.
How do I get access and start using it?
Stanislaus State’s new employee virtual private network (VPN) service uses MFA for authentication. At your first logon you will be prompted to enroll. For information on MFA please see the Multi Factor Authentication page.
Enroll a device in MFA and download the VPN client here.
What should I know or have before I start?
- A University owned and managed laptop,
- a mobile devices or token enrolled in MFA, and
- your username and password.
If you are not already enrolled in Duo multi factor authentication please review details here.
What if I do not have a Stanislaus State issued laptop?
Applications and services only offered on campus that a VPN connection would allow access to are not appropriate for use with equipment now owned and managed by Stanislaus State.
Do I have to use the VPN for access to everything?
Using it all the time is a good idea since it puts your device behind Stanislaus State's network protections while you are not on campus. Using a VPN connection is only required for access to applications or services only offered while connected to the campus network, like departmental shared drives or the Security Request Form web application.
Is there a time using the VPN is not appropriate?
Not all foriegn govenments support the use of encryption. If you are traveling internationally please check the laws or regulations govening the use of encryption to secure communications as it may not be legal in some countries. If this is the case you are also discouraged from using University resources from these countries.