[Faccus] IST Professional Development Seminar

Bob Hicks bjhicks at uwaterloo.ca
Tue Mar 1 10:40:20 EST 2011

Topic:     VPN (Virtual Private Network)
Date:      Friday March 4
Time:      9:00 am to 9:45 am
Room:      MC 2009
Speaker:   Trevor Grove

A Virtual Private Network (VPN) is a technology that allows a computer to be connected to the Internet as if it were physically located on campus.  Once connected to a VPN server, all data for the uWaterloo campus is encrypted and sent via a "tunnel" through the Internet.  The tunnel appears to the client as if it were located on campus, thus allowing access to all campus resources.

VPNs also serve as an important component in a broader network security architecture.  The VPN project charter "Recogniz[es] that network-based access controls [...] reduce the risks of successful compromise, [but] they also create some impediments to the uWaterloo community using computing services over the campus network."  A VPN service allows legitimate, authenticated  users of the network to use the campus-based resources, and facilitates strengthening of network-border security.

The talk will highlight some of the basic motivations for a campus VPN service, and provide a demonstration of how to get connected to our new VPN service.

Bob Hicks
Director, Client Services
Information Systems and Technology
University of Waterloo
Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1
Office: Math and Computer Building, Room 2010
Phone: (519) 888-4567, x32194
Fax: (519) 888-4331
Email: bjhicks at uwaterloo.ca

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