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Virtual Private Networking

Virtual Private Network (VPN) allows you to access campus resources securely over the internet remotely. It provides a secure tunnel between your computer and the VPN firewall on campus by using encryption and authentication. The VPN is particularly helpful when accessing K-State network resources while using unsecured networks and public WiFi locations like airports, hotels, or coffee shops.

Note: The AnyConnect VPN will sunset Spring 2020, and will be replaced with GlobalProtect.

Getting VPN software

To get the VPN software, you must be a K-State student or employee with an active K-State eID and have an internet connection. See Install and Connect to the GlobalProtect VPN in Windows or Install and Connect to the GlobalProtect VPN on a Mac for information about downloading and connecting to the VPN.

Why should I use the VPN?

By 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 SSL, traffic between the VPN firewall and the computer you are communicating with will not be encrypted unless you are using SSL-enabled applications. The VPN provides security by encrypting and decrypting data that passes through the VPN. 

Third-party vendor VPN profile

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. The K-State employee sponsoring their access must complete the special access eID form.