Technology Security

VPN-Remote Access

The standard method for secure remote access to the CSU network for faculty and approved staff is through a simple, easy to use VPN (virtual private network) client. A virtual private network (VPN) is a “tunnel” connection created to allow secure communication over public networks. Essentially, VPNs encrypt the traffic from your home or remote computer to the CSU network, allowing you to work remotely without worry of someone intercepting your communications. It uses extra authentication technology which will let you access data and applications not accessible to the general Internet population.

In order to use this service, you must perform a simple, one time installation of the VPN client program on the computer(s) that you will be using from a remote location. Please note: the vpn software must be installed on the computer you will be using from off campus. There is no need to install this software on your on campus desktop. After that, whenever you need remote access, run the VPN program, enter your CSU ID and password and you will be connected to the campus network. Once connected you are able to use tools such as Remote Desktop, to access your on campus computer. Remote Desktop client is a free remote access tool, there is no need to upgrade your home computers in order to use it. Please follow the guides below if you need help setting this up.

With today's Internet security concerns and privacy regulations, it is important that we protect the University's research data, employee information, student records, and other digital assets while at the same time enabling safe and secure means for access from outside the university.

Quick Reference and Installation Guides
*It is important to note that if you would like to use the VPN for remote access to your office computer, you must follow both the VPN steps as well as the Remote Desktop Connection.
Installation Guides Quick Reference Guides
VPN Installation - Windows VPN Installation - Windows 10 - Quick Reference
VPN Installation - Mac Remote Desktop Connection Setup Quick Reference
VPN Installation - Linux VPN Remote Desktop Control Operations Quick Reference
B-Line VPN Instructions Having issues with Windows 10? 
Student VPN Instructions  
Remote Desktop Connection Guides Profile Reimport Guides
macOS RDP Usage macOS Profile Reimport Guide
macOS VNC Usage Windows Profile Reimport Guide
Windows RDP Usage  
To view the most frequently asked questions regarding VPN, click the following link:  VPN Frequently Asked Questions