All Sul Ross State University VPN access requires approval to use VPN.
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.
- The use of a VPN account at Sul Ross State University requires Two Factor
Authentication (2FA) using an approved multi-factor engine.