Virtual Private Networks (VPN) allow a remote user to connect to the Sul Ross network and have the
same or similar experience they would have if they were on one of our campuses and connected directly
to a network port or the wireless system. Due to the risk associated with this kind of access, certain
technology items must be in place before a user is allowed to access the institution’s VPN.
- Only state-owned assets, desktops, laptops and tablets, are permitted to connect to the
institution’s VPN. No personal devices are permitted to connect to the network via this method
nor are they allowed to connect to services that are not already available through the internet.
- Any asset that connects to the VPN must have updated security software installed with a valid
and up to date license. This prevents the introduction of malware or other unwanted programs
into the Sul Ross State University environment.
- An Operating System (OS) with a valid and up to date license is required to connect to the
VPN. This is an issue that is at the discretion of the CIO/ISO and the Information Security
team. If the asset you intend to connect to VPN does not meet this requirement, OIT will assist
to update the asset.
- A special account is to be used for this access. Your regular LoboID will not allow you to connect
to VPN. If you need an account to connect to VPN and the previous three requirements have
been met, OIT will create the specific account and password for you. Please be aware these
special VPN accounts have a different password expiration date than normal AD accounts. You
are expected to keep this password changed frequently and use complex and lengthy passwords
for this account.
- Coming Soon: the use of a VPN account at Sul Ross State University requires Two Factor
Authentication (2FA) using an approved multi-factor engine.