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Virtual Private Network (VPN)

Virtual Private Network (VPN) provides an encrypted connection between your off-campus computer and the campus network. Members of the university community can use our VPN service at no cost to connect to some campus servers remotely.

UMass Amherst Information Technology is currently working on implementing Global Protect as the new VPN service. Pulse Secure is currently scheduled to be retired in summer 2019.

Most faculty and staff have access to the UMass VPN group and can begin connecting to the VPN immediately. If you have materials that may only be accessed by select individuals, please contact the IT Help Center to discuss creating a Restricted VPN Group.

Highlights: 
  • Free desktop client for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux computers as well as Android and iOS mobile devices
  • Secure connection to the campus network from off-campus
  • Remote access some campus servers and the Library databases