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Virtual Private Network

Virtual Private Network (VPN) establishes a "secure tunnel" for your computer on the Northwestern network. It provides strong encryption, enables authenticated access to the Northwestern network from external and untrusted environments, and proxies your network traffic so it appears to originate from within the Northwestern network. A VPN connection is an extension of the Northwestern network and subject to the University's policies. VPN connections are automatically ended twelve hours after initiation for service and security reasons.

Consider requiring VPN to access your servers and other resources (e.g., printers). Contact your local technical support person for more information.