Virtual Private Network (VPN)
A Virtual Private Network (VPN) is a secure, encrypted network connection typically used to connect from a third-party Internet Service Provider (ISP) to a Penn State network-restricted service and/or resource. The purpose for VPN is to establish a secure connection with a Penn State resource or service from off campus using the "ISPtoPSU" connection. Encryption and other security mechanisms ensure only authorized users access the network and secured data. VPNs are used to:
- Secure connections between Penn State and a remote ISP. Connections made from a third-party ISP to a non-.psu.edu domain may not be protected.
- Access Penn State resources restricted to a Penn State-only IP address.
You can find out more about Penn State VPN's and how to install them by visiting the IT Knowledge Base's VPN entry.
The Penn State VPN service creates a split-tunnel connection by default. If you have a requirement for a full-tunnel connection (e.g., to meet data security requirements), please work with your IT staff to submit a request with the VPN service providers.
This service is part of the Security and Privacy category.
- This is an active service
- Any current faculty, staff, or student who requires access to Penn State network-restricted resources outside of the Penn State wireless network range
- A valid Penn State Access ID and password
- A supported device, operating system, and browser
- A network connection
- A local copy of the VPN software
- There is no cost to users for utilizing a VPN
- If you experience issues installing or using a VPN client, please contact the IT Service Desk