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A message from Andy Johns, senior associate vice chancellor for research.

I am writing to inform you about an important update regarding access to specific research administration systems. In our ongoing commitment to ensuring the security and privacy of the University’s data, we are implementing a new requirement to use the campus Virtual Private Network (VPN) when accessing those systems from outside of the campus network (off campus) effective January 8, 2024.

Please read on for important information regarding this update.

How to Set Up and Use VPN:

Setting up and using VPN is a straightforward process. Detailed instructions and guides are available on the University’s IT website. If you encounter any issues or require assistance, the IT Help Desk can provide troubleshooting solutions for any VPN-related queries.

Important Dates:

We encourage all users to set up and test VPN connectivity before January 8th to avoid any disruptions in remotely accessing University systems.

Commonly Asked Questions and Answers:

What is a VPN and why is it necessary?

A VPN is a secure and encrypted connection that allows users to access the university’s network and resources remotely, ensuring that data transmitted over the internet remains confidential and protected from unauthorized access. By requiring the use of VPN, we are taking proactive measures to safeguard sensitive information and enhance the overall security of our university systems.

Which systems require VPN access?

The VPN requirement applies to certain university systems that store or process sensitive data, including but not limited to academic records, research data, and administrative information. You will be notified if the specific systems you access require VPN connectivity, and a comprehensive list of research administration systems can be found on this webpage. Please adhere to this requirement to ensure uninterrupted access to these resources.

We appreciate your cooperation and understanding as we implement this essential security measure. By working together, we can ensure a safe and secure digital environment for our entire university community. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our IT support team.

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