Currently, faculty and staff are able to access their office computer directly from off campus using Remote Desktop. This is very convenient, but is not considered an information security best practice.
Due to increased attacks targeting the Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP), we are implementing an additional layer of security into the process of logging into your computer from off campus.
Beginning April 8th, 2013, we will require that all faculty and staff use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to access resources that exist inside the University network. This allows the same access to your office computer, yet in a much more secure manner. Access becomes a two-step process – connecting to the VPN using your FSA login and password, then using Remote Desktop to access your office computer.
There are some advantages to using the VPN even when not connecting to your desktop computer. Once connected to the VPN, you will be able to access file shares, printers, etc., from the local computer without having to remotely access your desktop computer.
While you are connected to the VPN, all of your network traffic is going through the University network. Any Internet searches or websites you visit will be coming through the University network on its way to your computer. We encourage you to only use the VPN when conducting university business, and disconnect from the VPN when performing personal business on your computer.