Engineering is not merely knowing and being knowledgeable, like a walking encyclopedia; engineering is not merely analysis; engineering is not merely the possession of the capacity to get elegant solutions to non-existent engineering problems; engineering is practicing the art of the organized forcing of technological change ... Engineers operate at the interface between science and society ...
– Gordon S. Brown (1907 - 1996)
What is VPN?
A VPN or Virtual Private Network is a method used to add security and privacy to private and public networks, like WiFi Hotspots and the Internet. VPNs are used by corporations to protect sensitive data. However, all wireless networks should be treated with extra caution as they are more vulnerable to attackers eager to steal your information.
Note: ITSS highly recommends every time you use a wireless network to connect to the Internet, regardless of whether or not you are logging into websites and entering passwords, that you use a Chico State VPN connection to keep your information secure.
Chico State VPN
Campus provides faculty and staff free access to properly configured VPN client software that will allow you to establish a secure encrypted connection to our campus network. By opening a connection using a VPN client, a user's computer or device an access campus resources inside the campus border firewall that are not normally accessible to the outside world (e.g. accessing files on Bay, running the Cascade web content management system). A VPN connection can be made from a wired or wireless connection and VPN client software are available for Windows, Macintosh and some mobile devices.
Additional references and resources:
- ITSS Knowledge Base: Virtual Private Networking (VPN), https://wiki.csuchico.edu/confluence/display/help/VPN
- ITSS: Chico State's Cisco VPN Client download (for MS Win and Apple Mac), http://www.csuchico.edu/caus/vpn/
- ITSS Knowledge Base: Configuring VPN on an iPhone/iPad, https://wiki.csuchico.edu/confluence/display/help/Configuring+VPN+on+the+iPad+and+iPhone