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Virtual Private Networking

K-State's Virtual Private Networking (VPN) is GlobalProtect. The VPN should be used when you need to access protected proprietary and confidential data and campus resources when working offsite. From off-campus, use the VPN to connect to campus resources securely remotely.

Systems/tools that require the VPN include:

  • Remote Desktop Connection (RDP) to campus computers
  • Accessing files on Catfiles or other campus file servers, e.g, W: or Y: drives
  • The Financial Information System (FIS)
  • Imaging
  • Campus websites and services that are restricted to on-campus use only
  • Check with your unit/department to see if you have additional requirements

VPN is not required for the following:

  • Zoom videoconferences
  • Watching a streaming video, e.g., Mediasite, YouTube, Netflix, and Amazon
  • Accessing webmail, Canvas, CMS, KSIS, Office 365, ServiceNow, or HRIS

To use the VPN software, you must be a K-State student or employee with an active K-State eID and have an internet connection.

Installation Instructions

To learn if your operating systems are compatible with GlobalProtect, view the Where Can I install the GlobelProtect app guide.

Note: Enter only your eID as your Username. Do not enter your email address.

Why should I use the VPN?

Using K-State's VPN service, you assure that the data you transmit or receive will be secure between your computer and K-State. While your password is encrypted using a Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), traffic between the VPN firewall and the computer you are communicating with will not be encrypted unless you use SSL-enabled applications. The VPN provides security by encrypting and decrypting data that passes through the VPN. 

VPN for third-party vendors

A dedicated VPN group for third-party vendors is available that allows connection to systems only accessible on-campus due to existing local address space or protection by firewalls. Each individual that needs access to this VPN group must register for an eID. In addition, the K-State employee sponsoring their access must complete the eID with extended access form.