Virtual Private Networking

Virtual Private Networking

A Virtual Private Network (VPN) is a private network that connects remote sites or users together using virtual connections routed through the Internet. VPNs add a layer of security by encoding the data one computer is sending to another into a form that only the other computer will be able to decode.

Virtual Private Networking (VPN) provides encrypted access to University resources from off-campus. Cisco AnyConnect is available for Windows, OS X, iOS, some Linux distributions, and some Android devices.

AnyConnect offers two types of connections:

  • Generic: This group gives access to basic services on campus and can be used by any active faculty, staff, students, and consultants.
  • Employee: This group can only be used by University employees and gives slightly more access than the Generic group.

Users with dial-up Internet access or Ethernet (on-campus) connections do not need to use VPN to access MU-specific resources.

There is no monthly charge for VPN service.

 

AnyConnect offers two types of connections:

  • Generic: This group gives access to basic services on campus and can be used by any active faculty, staff, students, and consultants.
  • Employee: This group can only be used by University employees and gives slightly more access than the Generic group.

To begin using the new VPN client, install it from anyconnect.missouri.edu. Select either the Generic group, which gives you access to basic services on campus, or the Employee group, which is limited to University employees, and gives you slightly more access than the Generic group.

 

Go to doitservices.missouri.edu and click on the Help icon. Login to the self-service portal with your University user id and password, and Search for Answers accordingly. For additional assistance, contact our Help Desk at 573-882-5000.