Center for Information Technology Services

WebVPN: Secure Remote Access to UMB Computers

Do you use VPN (Virtual Private Network) technology to provide a secure working connection between your home computer and your office desktop, or do you think that you might be a candidate to do so?  The present campus VPN solution has become “dated,” and a new appliance has been ordered to allow us to take advantage of new Web-based VPN technology.  Our old VPN required software to be installed on the remote (“client”) machine to allow it to access the campus network.  WebVPN is a new technology that allows for secure communications to be established over the Internet using nothing more than the web browser on the remote computer.

There will be two types of connectivity available via the WebVPN, depending on what type of access you need:

Clientless WebVPN will allow you to connect to web-based traffic only.  This solution is perfect for secure remote access to internal web servers containing important data.

Thin-Client WebVPN will use a simple piece of software (a Java applet) to map local (e.g., campus) machine ports to remote (e.g., home office) machine TCP ports.  This Java applet is automatically installed on your client machine the first time you login and use the service.  This option will allow for securely connecting via remote control to an internal machine from outside the campus network.  Since only certain ports are allowed access though the VPN and they are mapped to other ports on the inside, the risk of spreading malware and viruses is greatly reduced.

WebVPN will be available to anyone who has a need for secure communications connections to campus resources, starting the week of May 18th.  We will provide instructions online at the CITS webpage as well as through the campus Help Desk.