A virtual private network (VPN) is a secure method of accessing University computing resources when you are logged in from an off–campus computer or a laptop you are using to access the Wireless Network. The VPN creates a secure connection called a tunnel between your computer and the campus network. The tunnel disguises the information you are sending and receiving, so your electronic communications are secure and protected.
Enhanced security and privacy are the two main reasons to use VPN. You also have an ability to access University resources such as information on your network drives. This provides you with a safe way of accessing your applications and files as though you are working on the computer in your workstation.
New Virtual Private Network
Faculty and staff who use CSUN's virtual private network (VPN) to access campus resources from off-campus will have access to the new VPN (Pulse Secure) this fall semester. CSUN's current solution will remain available until the end of the academic year.
Students, faculty, staff (and other approved users) with a CSUN user ID and password can download VPN to their computers. The VPN software is available for no additional cost and downloading only takes about five minutes.
- VPN for Windows
- VPN for Windows Vista
- VPN for Windows 64-bit
- VPN for iOS
- VPN Mac OS X 10.5 & 10.4
- VPN Mac OS X 10.6, 10.7.4 & 10.8
- New VPN (Pulse Secure) Instructions (coming soon)
For answers to some of the most frequently asked questions regarding the VPN, locate the Remote Access & VPN section on the IT FAQs.