The University of San Francisco: Information Technology Services
Network and Web

Remote Access (VPN)

The University Remote Access service allows faculty and staff members to securely access internal USF private network resources such as Administrative Systems, File Servers, or Network Printing. This service is provided using Virtual Private Network (VPN) technology which encrypts and secures data transmissions between your computer and the University network. VPN can be used from an off-campus location over the public Internet or on-campus via the USFwireless network.

To use VPN, your computer must have Cisco AnyConnect VPN 'client' software installed. All University owned computers already have a VPN client installed. If you intend to use a personal computer, it must meet the the network security standards defined in the University Network Security Policy.

Please note: While the data communication path between your computer and the University network is secured by the VPN, be aware that other security measures such as strong passwords, regular operating system security updates, and up-to-date antivirus protection are still required to provide comprehensive system security. For more information please visit the ITS Security Services Desktop Security page.

  • To learn more about VPN, please visit our VPN FAQ page.
  • To install the VPN client software, please go to our VPN Install page and login with your USF Connect username and password
  • If you need assistance installing or connecting with the VPN software, please contact the Help Desk.