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. 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 your computer or mobile device was on campus.
New Virtual Private Network
Faculty, staff and students who use CSUN's virtual private network (VPN) to access campus resources from off-campus now have access to the new VPN (Pulse Secure). CSUN's previous solution will remain available until the end of Spring 2016 semester.
Students, faculty, staff (and other approved users) with a CSUN user ID and password can download VPN to their computers from the IT Downloads Page, or to their mobile devices from the iOS app store or Google Play store. The VPN software is available for no additional cost and downloading only takes a few minutes.