The remote access Virtual Private Network (VPN) service provides added privacy and security for your computing activities as well as the ability to access protected MIT resources that require a MITnet IP address.

The Prisma Access VPN service, a cloud-based VPN offering, is a modernization of the legacy Cisco VPN, which it will eventually replace. The Prisma Access VPN provides a secure connection between your computing device and the cloud VPN gateway using the GlobalProtect VPN client.

Note: IS&T will continue to offer support for both VPN platforms during the transition period.

Available To 
Students, Faculty, Staff, Affiliates

Benefits and key features

  • Works through various port blocks and firewalls that Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and administrators have built that often interrupt or prevent legitimate work from happening.


  • Touchstone is required to use the Prisma Access VPN
  • Duo two-factor authentication is required to use either VPN service
  • Accessibility note: Screen readers must use Internet Explorer to successfully run the web-based Cisco VPN service.

Getting started