Virtual Private Network

A virtual private network (VPN) is a secure connection between an off-campus user and his/her on-campus resources. After initial setup, the VPN acts as a secure "tunnel" through which data travels to prevent illegal interception. Users can only connect to resources for which they already have access.

Users might wish to connect to a personal or department Piratedrive or connect to an on-campus computer through the Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) (Windows/Mac) or SSH (Linux) protocols within a VPN to access office computer files or complete class assignments.

Approved vendors or non-ECU guests requiring VPN access complete the online VPN Access form in the IT service request system. ECU sponsor signature is required.

Initial Setup

The first time a user logs in, the Cisco AnyConnect software automatically checks system settings and installs. Subsequent VPN sessions open with a click of the AnyConnect icon in the system tray. Software updates are automatic.

    Mobile Devices

    Mobile users download AnyConnect 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.

      Good to Know

      • 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.