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VPN for Remote Desktop

VPN Request Form

As of July 19, 2012, any Hamilton employee connecting to on-campus resources, from off-campus, using a Remote Desktop connection (Mac or Windows) needs to use a secure connection through what is known as a virtual private network (VPN) BEFORE using Remote Desktop.

To request access to the Hamilton College VPN, please click here and complete the request form.

Please Note:  If you participated in the VPN pilot test program, you still need to complete the request form.

Background

In fall 2011, Hamilton, along with other NY 6 Colleges (Colgate, Union, Skidmore, Hobart and William Smith and St. Lawrence) hired a team of security consultants to assess our network security environment. Among the recommendations were steps to lower our vulnerabilities from the Internet.  The first change will be to enhance the security of the use of Remote Desktop.

Who does this affect?  Initially, any Hamilton employee connecting to on-campus resources, from off-campus, using a Remote Desktop connection (Mac or Windows).

What:  Employees will need to use a secure connection through what is known as a virtual private network (VPN) BEFORE using Remote Desktop. A VPN connection is not required if you want to check your email from off-campus, use My Hamilton or Webadvisor.

Why: To improve our data security.  Remote Desktop through an insecure connection is known to be a common point of attack for hackers.

Please direct questions to the Help Desk at 859-4181.  Thank you for your help in improving the security of our information environment.

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