Information Computing and Technology Services

Virtual Private Network

Off Campus Access for Faculty, Staff, Approved Vendors

Off-campus faculty and staff securely connect to their ECU network resources by setting up a Virtual Private Network (VPN) using Cisco AnyConnect software.

A VPN acts as a secure "tunnel" through which users connect to a campus computer, Piratedrive folder or department Piratedrive folder while off campus without worrying about data being illegally intercepted during transmission.

For example, if you have access to a department Piratedrive, open a VPN connection between your home computer and the ECU network (VPN), then connect to the Piratedrive folder. See the printable instructions below.

Please note you can only access folders for which you already have access permissions. You can also connect to your on-campus computer through the Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) (Windows/Mac) or SSH (Linux) protocols within a VPN to access your office computers files.

Approved vendors or non-ECU guests requesting VPN access are required to complete the online VPN Access Form in the IT Help Desk system. ECU sponsor signature is required.


Download/Install the VPN Software

  1. Navigate to http://remoteaccess.ecu.edu and log in with your PirateID and passphrase. The Cisco AnyConnect software automatically installs on the first login for most systems (mobile users must download the AnyConnect app).
  2. After installation, the Secure VPN icon is added to the user’s taskbar. For future sessions, click the icon to connect.
  3. To disconnect from a remote session, click the Secure VPN icon in the taskbar and choose Disconnect.
Open a VPN session:
Windows Access Mac VPN Access iPad VPN Access

Operating systems: Mac OS X Leopard (v. 10.5) up to OS X Lion (v. 10.7), Windows XP, Vista and 7 (64- and 32-bit) and Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

Connect to a Piratedrive folder:
Mac OS X Windows 7 Windows XP

Mobile Devices

Mobile users download the AnyConnect app from the app store for their device. Android OS is NOT currently supported. Windows Mobile users connect by logging in to the Remote Access login


Keep the Following in Mind:

  • Test your connection while still on campus.
  • Once connected, all ECU computing policies apply.
  • ITCS can only suggest configuration changes to a personal system.
  • ITCS cannot troubleshoot non-ECU equipment/networks such as WiFi, your home network or your Internet Service Provider (ISP)'s connection.
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