Virtual Private Network

GSU provides the virtual private network (VPN) software Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client for faculty, staff, and students to connect to the campus network while off-campus. This is required for some services such as connecting to the Neuroscience File Server and Banner.

How to install

GSU-managed devices

GSU-owned computers likely already have Cisco AnyConnect installed continue to How to connect.

Personal devices

Faculty and Staff

Windows | Mac

Students

Windows | Mac

How to connect

Windows

  1. Click Start and search for “AnyConnect”, select Cisco AnyConnect
  2. Enter secureaccess2.gsu.edu in the address field and click Connect
    1. GSU has two VPN servers. Alternatively, enter secureaccess.gsu.edu
  1. Log in with your GSU campus ID and password
  2. Success!

Mac

  1. Open the Application: Cisco AnyConnect
  2. Enter secureaccess2.gsu.edu in the address field and click Connect
    1. GSU has two VPN servers. Alternatively, enter secureaccess.gsu.edu
  1. Log in with your GSU campus ID and password
  2. Success!

secureaccess2 vs. secureaccess

Due to COVID-19 University IT set up a second secureaccess2 VPN server to deal with unprecedented demand. secureaccess2 is recommended. However, secureaccess may be preferable if you are in public on a network you don’t trust such as at a hotel or coffee shop.

secureaccess forces ALL traffic through the VPN. However, with secureaccess2 only traffic relevant to GSU goes over the VPN. That is, when connected to secureaccess2 if you are browsing the Internet while also connected to the Neuroscience file server, file server server traffic will go over the VPN while Internet traffic will go over your home Internet.