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Remote Access - SSL VPN

Beginning October 19, 2016, you will connect to Pulse Secure with a new connection name. Please see the FAQ for details.


Security Operations has implemented an SSL VPN solution to help meet the remote access needs of Vanderbilt faculty and staff. This service is used to help preserve data confidentiality and integrity when transmitted across the Internet.  The solution allows you to connect to the Vanderbilt network via a VPN client software or web browser capable of using SSL encryption. The SSL VPN allows access to Vanderbilt systems (including Guardian) and computing resources with an Internet connection in a safe and secure fashion.

The Pulse Secure VPN client is now available to all Vanderbilt faculty and staff. You no longer need to request a VPN account unless you are a Linux user.


Note: Junos Pulse is now Pulse Secure. Junos Pulse client remains compatible with the current SSL VPN solution, however, it is recommended to update the client software.

  • Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1, Windows 10, and macOS 10.9 and higher - Use the Pulse Secure client.
  • Linux - Use the Network Connect VPN client.
  • macOS 10.8 and older, Windows Vista, and Windows XP are not supported.

Available to:

Vanderbilt Community

How to get it:

VPN Selector

Do you have the ability or permissions to install new software on your computer?





What is the operating system of your computer?

Windows 7
Windows 8/8.1
Windows 10

Pulse Secure
(for Windows)

Contact your 
Local IT Support Provider

macOS 10.9 and higher

Pulse Secure
(for Macintosh)

macOS 10.8 and below
Windows Vista and XP

Not Supported


Network Connect


Not Supported


When and why to use the VPN

SSL VPN Podcast - When and Why to use the VPN.


Last Modified: 2016-09-29