Virtual Private Network (VPN)

MFA is on the way! ITS is bringing multi-factor authentication to the Data Center and SDSC VPN services. More information is coming soon from the project team.  MFA Project Information


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.

  • 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