UW IT provides the Wyosecure VPN or virtual private network to allow off-campus users access to certain internal UW resources that are protected behind the University's firewall. Examples of protected resources include sensitive data such as student and personnel information and medical and financial records. Below is an overview of the different VPN connections available and the access level each provides. There are different types of VPN connections and each one gives a different level of access. Below is an overview, followed by more detailed information on each connection type.
Use for any remote connection; including non-public websites and self-service.
Log in at: https://wyosecure.uwyo.edu
Requires username and password.
WyoSecure is used as part of all remote access connections. Two Factor Authentication and Junos Pulse allow access to areas that cannot be accessed with WyoSecure alone. WyoSecure will allow access to self-service and non-public websites. It requires a valid UW username and password to login. Some of these areas may require a higher level of security in the future.
Through WyoSecure (https://wyosecure.uwyo.edu) a user can create a VPN connection without installing any additional programs on your computer. Since no additional program is needed, WyoSecure can be used on any device equipped with Internet access, including smartphones, public computers, or tablet computers. There is also a feature to allow users to create bookmarks to automatically connect to internal UW websites and UW file storage. Only certain browsers are supported (http://www.uwyo.edu/infotech/services/network/vpn/sslvpncompat.asp).
UW usernames and passwords can, and often are, compromised (hacked).
Users who access HRMS, PeopleSoft, or UW financial information remotely need two-factor authentication for that access to be secure.
Similar to your online bank accounts, UW users who need to access certain UW computers from off campus now use two methods to verify their identity. This is called two-factor authentication, since the identity of the user is verified in two ways: 1) their username and password and 2) their identity through a, simple, easy to use application on their cell phone. While hackers half a world away may be able to steal or hack a username and password, they cannot get access to a phone in the user's possession. Users will need to log into the two factor authentication site (https://wyosecure.uwyo.edu/2f) to use two factor authentication.
For users who do not have a smartphone, authentication can also be created by entering a passcode that is sent to any phone, through a phone call, or by a key fob (there is a one-time $20 fee to pay for the key fob).
Signing up for two-factor authentication takes just the few quick steps listed in How To Use Your Two-Factor Authentication Account (http://www.uwyo.edu/askit/displaydoc.asp?id=3302).
The Junos client replaces the functionality previously provided by Network Connect, and has the added advantage that java is only needed for the installation process.
Junos Pulse is required for downloading software from the UW network or connecting to a UW storage location. It requires the installation of a client onto the user's computer which allows the user's remote computer to connect directly to and use resources on the UW network. Because this connection allows access to the UW network, it is important to make sure the remote computer does not have viruses that could be spread to the UW network. Remote computers connecting with Junos Pulse are automatically checked for an active firewall, up-to-date patches and antivirus software.
To install Junos Pulse, log into WyoSecure (https://wyosecure.uwyo.edu) and click the Start button next to the Junos Pulse client application session. This will install the client which can then be launched using the Junos Pulse icon on the taskbar (menubar on Mac) , which displays a menu for quick and easy connections to the wyosecure.uwyo.edu sites.
Java or Active X is required to install the client. For Mac OS X, use Firefox. For Windows, use Firefox or Internet Explorer.
WyoSecure will timeout after 2 hours of inactivity or 12 hours of login time. The remaining session time will appear in the toolbar after logging in.
If you are using a Windows operating system, click on the Add terminal service icon in the Terminal Session toolbar.
In the Add Terminal Services Session window use the following configuration:
This bookmark will be available whenever you sign into WyoSecure using Core Access.
Yes. You must open the Web site share using WyoSecure VPN to upload content from off-campus.
Type the path of the file share in the format \\servername\sharename into the browse field and click the Browse button. For example, type \\warehouse\antivirus into the browse field to open the antivirus share on the warehouse server.
As long as you do not “sign out” prior to closing the page, all resources you have accessed through WyoSecure will remain available. However, it is recommended that you do not close this page until you are finished, then please click on the “Sign Out” button.
Yes. Administration of DMZ machines must be performed from the campus network.
You can only have one WyoSecure session per username open at any given time.
IT provides temporary VPN guest accounts at no charge. The guest account can be used for up to 6 months for vendor support and access to computers that are on the UW network. If the vendor agreement and support requires ongoing access for continued maintenance of UW equipment, departments can request and pay for a full special account. To request a guest or full special account, please contact the IT Help Desk at 766-4357, option 1 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Users profiles which include their bookmarks are automatically deleted in the user has not logged in within the last 365 days.
Duo Mobile accounts are automatically removed if they have not been used within the last 365 days.
Reviewed: 0413 By: JM
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