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Off campus? Connect securely with MIT’s virtual private network
December 13, 2016
Jess Archer
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MITnet is the Institute’s wired and wireless network on campus. In addition to the secure connections it provides to community members, it is also the only network that can access certain MIT systems.

But where does this leave staff who work from home? Or students who go home for the holidays? Or faculty who travel out of state or even out of the country? This is where the Institute’s Virtual Private Network (VPN) comes in.

Access MITnet securely

Information Systems and Technology (IS&T) manages the Institute’s VPN using the Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility client. This VPN enables community members to safely access MITnet from any device, wherever they are, at any time. And it includes access to licensed resources such as those offered by IS&T and the MIT Libraries.

Protection on public Wi-Fi

IS&T recommends that all MIT community members make use of the VPN when using public Wi-Fi. Open Wi-Fi can pose security risks, but the MIT VPN encrypts activity and keeps it private. Whether you need to access MITnet or not, the VPN will protect your activity on free Wi-Fi.

Available to all at MIT

Everyone in the MIT community can use the VPN. The Cisco AnyConnect client works on Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux, as well as many mobile operating systems.

The client is available through IS&T’s software grid. An MIT certificate and the use of Duo Security is required for download and there are some system requirements. You can find installation instructions on the VPN Landing Page in the Knowledge Base.

For help, reach out to the IS&T Service Desk by email, phone (617.253.1101), or online.