Virtual Private Network (VPN)

MFA is here! ITS has implemented multi-factor authentication to the Data Center and SDSC VPN services. Learn More


There are four different VPN services that support remote access requirements.

  • Campus VPN - provides a full tunnel VPN service that is a secure (encrypted) connection to the UCSC network from off campus. Common uses of the Campus VPN include access to File Sharing/Shared Drives and certain applications that require a Campus IP address. The Campus VPN has a 20-hour session limit.

  • Data Center VPN - provides a secure (encrypted) connection for privileged access to systems in the UCSC Data Center. Privileged access includes systems administration, application and database administration or elevated access to IS3 restricted systems. The DC VPN has a 20-hour session limit. In June when you connect to the Data Center Virtual Private Network (DC VPN) using Cisco AnyConnect, you will see a new third field called Second Password. This field will be used for MFA passcodes starting. For now, type “MFA” in the Second Password field. Learn More

  • SDSC VPNSome server or application functions are replicated to the San Diego Supercomputing Center [SDSC], to provide resiliency or to enable disaster recovery. There is a separate VPN service for SDSC that provides a secure (encrypted) connection for privileged access to systems at SDSC. Privileged access includes systems administration, application and database administration, and elevated access to IS3 restricted systems. The SDSC VPN has a 20-hour session limit.
  • Academic Divisional Computing VPN - provides a full tunnel VPN service. This secure connection to the UCSC network from off campus will allow access to the Campus network and various divisional resources. For more info on this service go to: http://www.adc.ucsc.edu/service-catalog/services/7