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VPN Access

What is VPN?

Virtual Private Network, (aka VPN) allows organizations to securely extend their Local Area Networks(LANs) over the Internet by encrypting the data traffic. VPN provides a secure method for exchange of data over the public internet in the following situations:

Client to LAN: Used by mobile workers using dial-up Internet connections. A single VPN tunnel is used for each VPN client.

LAN-to-LAN: VPNs link two LANs together using a single tunnel that handles all secure data traffic between two locations, such as a remote office using Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) or High Speed Cable connection and a GPS office.

Intranets: Although not yet implemented, VPNs will allow remote offices and users to securely access internal TCP/IP applications running on the GPS Intranet.

Extranets: VPNs enable Faculty, Staff, and Affiliates to connect to the Internet via an ISP.

Why should I use VPN?

Increasingly stringent legislation requires GPS to assure the privacy of personal clinical, academic, administrative and research information. VPN ensures the confidentiality and integrity of information as it travels over the public internet because VPN requires:
  • Remote user identity authentication
  • Secure private transmission of data (no unauthorized listeners)
  • Verification of unadulterated data transmission

How do I get a VPN account?

Faculty and staff should request a VPN account via the Online Help desk. You must demonstrate a valid reason for needing a VPN and you must also be willing to follow our security rules and policies. Violation of our polices are grounds for account termination and other disciplinary actions. Please complete and sign the form below.

Students will not be issued VPN accounts!

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GPS-Remote Access Policy (VPN & Mobile Users)  53k v. 1 Aug 2, 2011, 6:29 AM Grant Harris
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