Remote Access Procedure

Background:

While there are many scenarios where remote access is useful to a student and to an employee, the University needs to maintain secure and authorized access to the campus network (defined as all offices, classrooms, and computer labs) particularly where computers are setup for Colleague access.

While some of these services/systems are sound and secure, many are not and these represent a security risk to the University.

Procedure:

The University will provide an encrypted, authenticated VPN connection that will enable an appropriate level of secure remote connectivity.  The ITS department will consult with users on the appropriate connectivity.

Technical Background: 

  1. SVSU has always and will continue to block direct access from the Internet directly to student computers in ResNet and office computers in CampusNet via IP address.  Services like logmein and gotomypc get around that by using a proxy. These services are currently blocked in ResNet and CampusNet.
  2. Remote VPN access can be granted through a remote network connector called VIA.
  3. The VPN allows a user to access their office desktop, via the Fully Qualifed Domain Name of the computer (<name of computer>.ad.svsu.edu)