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Only use the VPN when necessary

Monday, March 23, K-State will start a new chapter with classes taught remotely for the remainder of the semester. Information Technology Services (ITS) has been working behind the scenes to make sure our systems and services are ready.

We are reminding K-Staters about when to use the Virtual Private Networking (VPN) to access protected, proprietary, and confidential data and campus resources in a secure manner.

Because the VPN connection is shared with all K-Staters, the VPN should only be used when necessary. Disconnect from the VPN when access to protected resources is no longer needed. Remember closing your browser is not enough; you need to actively disconnect from the VPN.

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VPN users need to switch to GlobalProtect

GlobalProtect logoK-Staters who use AnyConnect as their VPN client need to switch to GlobalProtect. AnyConnect will be retired on November 14.

A Virtual Private Network (VPN) allows you to remotely access campus resources securely over the internet. By connecting to K-State’s VPN, you assure that the data you transmit or receive will be secure between your computer and K-State.

With GlobalProtect, K-Staters will have a better user experience when using a VPN and no longer need to choose the VPN Group as you did with AnyConnect. When you sign in with your eID and password, you will automatically be placed in the correct group.

GlobalProtect is currently available for both Mac and Windows platforms. GlobalProtect will be available later this year for Linux computers, smartphones, and tablets.

Installation instructions

To learn more about the new VPN, view K-State’s VPN webpage.

Remote-access protocols RDP, SSH, VNC to be blocked Aug. 13

The Office of Information Security and Compliance will begin blocking RDP, SSH, and VNC incoming Remote Access protocols at the campus border starting 8 a.m. Monday, Aug. 13.

This means that users using these protocols to access on-campus resources will need to set up their Virtual Private Network (VPN) prior to the deadline. Continue reading “Remote-access protocols RDP, SSH, VNC to be blocked Aug. 13”

Network maintenance moved to 11 p.m.-3 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11

This Wednesday, Jan. 11, from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m., IT Services staff will install new routers and firewalls at the campus network border. During this maintenance window, the campus will likely experience brief outages of Internet connectivity lasting 5-10 minutes each (i.e., computers on campus will be unable to connect to anything off campus and vice versa during those few minutes). Also, K-State’s VPN service will be disrupted as that service is moved to the new firewalls. No other services should be affected.

The purposes of the project are:

  1. Replace aging border routers that will soon reach the end of support
  2. Install firewalls to improve security at the campus border
  3. Upgrade K-State’s connection with KanREN (and therefore the Internet) to 10 Gbps (this will tentatively happen on Jan. 15, pending arrival of appropriate interfaces for the KanREN routers)

If you have any questions or concerns about this maintenance window, call Harvard Townsend (785-532-2985) or email network@ksu.edu and security@ksu.edu.

Check the “Status of ITS resources” page for updated information
(www.k-state.edu/its/status).

SSL VPN service now available to all K-Staters

As part of an ongoing project to decommission the aging hardware that is currently supporting most VPN services at K-State, all users with an active K-State eID are now enabled to use the new SSL-based VPN (K-State Virtual Private Network) and the Cisco AnyConnect client. The new client:

  • Is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux
  • Is simpler to configure
  • Should work better than the older IPSEC-based client in more restrictive network environments

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IT security roundtable May 7: Traveling safely

Summertime makes Manhattan seem like a ghost town as K-State students, faculty, and staff hit the roads and airways for distant lands. The potential rewards of personal and professional travel are great, but so are the security risks. Thus, this month’s IT security roundtable will discuss tips on how to travel safely so people can protect themselves from identity theft, financial fraud, and other threats related to information and technology while on vacation.

Join us 9-10:30 a.m. Friday, May 7, in Union 213 to learn about: