Virtual Private Network

ECU's Virtual Private Network (VPN) is an encrypted "tunnel" between off-campus devices and on-campus resources. Using a VPN to access secured information while off campus prevents data theft. For example, a department's Piratedrive folder is an example of information that must be accessed through a secure VPN. You can only connect to resources for which you already have access.

Students, Faculty, Staff

The Cisco AnyConnect VPN software is installed the first time you navigate to the appropriate link below. It is recommended that AnyConnect be installed on campus through Firefox or Internet Explorer.

To install the software:

  1. Open a browser and navigate to remoteaccess.ecu.edu (staff) or piratesvpn.ecu.edu (students).
  2. Log in using your PirateID/passphrase.
  3. Read the Terms of Use and click Continue.
  4. The AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client will install.

To begin a session:

  1. Click the Cisco AnyConnect icon in your system tray. The log in page opens.
  • Faculty/Staff: In the Connect To: field, make sure you enter remoteaccess.ecu.edu and select Connect.
  • Students: In the Connect To: field, make sure you enter piratesvpn.ecu.edu and select Connect.

When the AnyConnect VPN client is launched, it requires a PirateID username and passphrase to verify your identity.

Sponsored Account for Non-ECU User

An ECU Sponsor submits the VPN Access form for vendor or non-ECU guests requiring VPN access. ECU sponsorship is required.

All users of the ECU VPN Services are subject to all ECU Information Technology (IT) policies.