Internet

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SSL VPN (Secure Sockets Layer Virtual Private Network)

With today's Internet security concerns and privacy regulations, it is important that we protect the university's research data, employee information, student records, etc., and make them available only to authorized individuals. Most UC faculty, staff, and students will not need to use a SSL VPN connection. Only individuals who need access to a private server or restricted service (for example, library resources licensed for use only by UC faculty, staff, and students) from off-campus using an Internet Service Provider like ZoomTown or RoadRunner will need SSL VPN connectivity. You do not need the SSL VPN if you access UC's homepage, email, or most college and department websites.

However, you do need the SSL VPN if you are off-campus and need access to a departmental file server or restricted service, i.e. one that is not open to the public. For example, if you are a server system administrator and want to work on your server from home, or if you are a faculty member who needs access to files on your own personal office desktop computer, you will need to use the SSL VPN. Some services will not be available at all from off-campus, even with VPN. 

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What is SSL VPN? 

SSL VPN (Secure Sockets Layer Virtual Private Network) is a Web-based, secure, “private” connection between external networks and the internal network. Web-based VPN provides the capability to allow authorized users access to private or restricted services on the UCNET from off-campus locations. While traveling, users may encounter locations that prohibit a traditional IPSEC VPN connection; in this the SSL VPN has an advantage.

Why are we using SSL VPN at the university? 

With today's Internet security concerns and privacy regulations, it is important to protect the university's research data, employee information, student records, etc., and make them available only to authorized individuals.

When do I need the SSL VPN connectivity? 

Most UC faculty, staff, and students will not need to use a SSL VPN connection. Only individuals who need access to a private server or restricted service (for example, library resources licensed for use only by UC faculty, staff, and students) from off-campus using an Internet Service Provider like ZoomTown or RoadRunner will need SSL VPN connectivity. You do not need the SSL VPN if you access the UC network using the UC Remote Access modems. You do not need the SSL VPN to access UC's main website or most college and department websites.

However, you do need the SSL VPN if you are off-campus and need access to a departmental file server or restricted service, i.e., one that is not open to the public. For example, if you are a server system administrator and want to work on your server from home, or if you are a faculty member who needs access to your own personal office desktop computer, you will need to use the SSL VPN. Some services will not be available at all from off-campus, even with VPN. For more information, call the UCIT Help Desk at 556-4357.

Can I use the SSL VPN with any Internet Service Provider (ISP)? 

Yes, you can. If you have questions about compatibility, contact your ISP.

What Web browsers can I use with the SSL VPN? 

The SSL VPN supports Internet Explorer 7, Internet Explorer 8, Internet Explorer 9, FireFox 3.0 (and above), and Safari 3.0 (and above).

Mobile users, to access the SSL VPN from your mobile device, please download the Junos Pulse app to your mobile device from your device specific app store.

Do I have to do anything special to use the SSL VPN? 

When logging on with the SSL VPN, you need to use your Central Login Service (CLS) credentials for your username and password.

If I need help or have more questions, whom should I call? 

Call the UCIT Help Desk at 556-4357 with installation or general questions about the SSL VPN. The Help Desk also can determine - over the phone - whether there are communication problems with the SSL VPN access. Problems that cannot be resolved immediately will be escalated to the Network Operations Center (NOC) for resolution.

  • University of Cincinnati Information Technologies
  • 400 University Hall
  • P.O. Box 210658
  • Cincinnati, OH 45221