Networks & Connectivity, Security

A virtual private network (VPN) allows you to create a secure connection from your computer to Duke over a public network while working remotely.

How it works

You can connect to Duke's network by installing the Cisco AnyConnect VPN software program onto your computer. Visit the OIT Software site to download the VPN client for your computer while you are on campus or before you travel or to automatically install the appropriate version of VPN software onto your computer. 

Once installed, find the Cisco folder with Anyconnect VPN (under program files for Windows or in your applications folder for Mac). Click on the icon to start a connection. Read a short article with instructions on how to connect using the required Multi-Factor Authentication.

When you no longer need the VPN connection, "Quit" or "Disconnect."

Most faculty, staff, and students will find that the "default" option best meets their needs, but there are several other options to choose from, depending on your requirements. 

Many departments at Duke have their own VPNs. Their VPNs are configured to allow authorized people access to those secure areas. When you open the client or go to portal.duke.edu, you'll see a drop-down menu of departmental VPNs. If your department doesn't have a separate VPN, select "Default;" if it does, select your department by name.

Library Services

Most library resources are available from off-campus through the EZProxy service—no VPN connection is necessary. For more information, including how to get help, visit the Duke University Libraries Off-Campus Access to E-Resources page.