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VPN (Virtual Private Network)

A virtual private network (VPN) extends a private network across a public network, such as the Internet. It enables a computer or network-enabled device to send and receive data across shared or public networks as if it were directly connected to the private network.

What is the VPN?

A Virtual Private Network (VPN) is often used to provide increased security and privacy online by changing a public connection into a private one. IT maintains a VPN server for the Pullman campus. Connecting to this VPN allows us to access the network and browse as if we were present on campus.
If you are away from the Pullman campus and want to reach some department resource, you must connect to the VPN first. An example of such a resource is Chem-diamond3, the department file server. Again, if you are off campus, you must connect to the VPN before you can connect to diamond3.

Note: The VPN does not work for SciFinder. If you are off campus and you want to access SciFinder, the WSU VPN will not help. Go directly to and use the second link.


04/24/2020 – Due to a change in policy, we will be primarily redirecting users to ITS’ Crimson Service Desk and related help pages for issues regarding the GlobalProtect VPN. As always we are here to help, but we will be emphasizing Central IT as the main source of support for these questions.
08/02/2019 – IT has rolled out a new VPN service and will no longer be using Cisco AnyConnect. Effective August 19, 2019, members of the WSU community will no longer be able to use Cisco. The new Global Protect SSLVPN will be stepping right into its shoes, taking over any and all responsibilities Cisco previously had. The information on this page (previously referring to Cisco’s product) is now true about Global Protect. Please see the updated tutorial in the left sidebar for information on setting up Global Protect.