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Virtual Private Networking (VPN)

VPN software allows a computer on another network to look like it has an SCS name and IP address when it talks to hosts on the SCS network. Using VPN, a remote host can access restricted network services that can only be used by SCS hosts.

VPN & security

The VPN software uses certificates to authenticate your computer, and your Kerberos /remote instance to authenticate you. It encrypts network traffic between your host and the SCS network; traffic is not encrypted after it reaches our network. VPN is not a substitute for using software such as SSH or Kerberized telnet to protect passwords and other sensitive data sent over the network.

Troubleshooting & FAQs

See the VPN FAQs for troubleshooting information and answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

How to install and use VPN

Note: You must be CMU School of Computer Science faculty, staff, or a graduate student in order to download, install, and use this software.

Platform-specific instructions for:

How to update VPN certificate

Related documentation

Security in SCS
Secure computing and how to protect your computer against intrusions
Manage your Kerberos /remote instance
Use the SCS Web-based tool to create or manage your Kerberos instances for use with VPN and other remote-access systems.

Additional information

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Cisco VPN client documentation
Cisco documentation for all versions and platforms of their VPN client.
SCS AnyConnect VPN Client