Cybersecurity Focus: Use a VPN

GlobalProtect is available to all students, faculty and staff at no charge.
Art Miller

GlobalProtect is available to all students, faculty and staff at no charge.

When people hear the term virtual private network or VPN, they often believe it's too techy for them and there is no reason they should use one. But a VPN can secure personal data — whether traveling abroad or using free Wi-Fi at a coffee shop to browse Amazon — by encrypting data and routing it through a secure network.  

At our campus, GlobalProtect VPN is required for users who need to connect from off-campus to services not in the cloud, such as Remote Lab. GlobalProtect is available to all students, faculty and staff at no charge. If you must use a public network without VPN, make sure it is reputable and refrain from accessing sensitive information, such as Workday.  

GlobalProtect uses Microsoft's Azure secure multi-factor login system. Familiar services such as Office 365, UAConnect and Blackboard also use Azure to process logins. Multi-factor authentication provides increased protection of our data resources.  

Of note, access to your home or non-university printers, network drives, etc., will be blocked while connected to the VPN. This configuration prevents compromised devices located off-campus from harming university networks. 

Securing our campus community is an ongoing effort as cybercriminals continue to evolve their efforts. In this era of persistent cyber threats, our university can be secure only with the active participation of everyone. Simple steps like storing data securely in OneDrive, avoiding and reporting suspicious messages, and keeping software updated can go a long way toward protecting our campus community online. To learn more, visit the Cybersecurity Checklist.   

If you have questions or need assistance, contact your local IT support or the IT Help Desk.  

Contacts

Rachel Gerner, project/program specialist
University Information Technology Services
479-387-3824, rgerner@uark.edu

Headlines

Panhellenic Bid Day Will Be Broadcast Live on Facebook This Saturday

Panhellenic Bid Day will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Chi Omega Greek Theatre and will be broadcast live on the Greek Life Facebook page. Several streets will be closed during the event.

Crop Science Students Win Weed Science Society Southern Region Title

Tristen Avent, Casey Arnold, Mason Castner, Maria Carolina and Juan Camilo Velasquez won top honors at the Southern Weed Contest earlier this month.

Camps Show Young Students Engineering Possibilities

The College of Engineering holds summer camps on campus and across the state to show students what goes on in the world of engineering. They're also a lot of fun.

2023 Miller Williams Poetry Prize Awarded to Shaina Phenix

The U of A Press is pleased to announce that the 2023 Miller Williams Poetry Prize has been awarded to writer and educator Shaina Phenix by series editor Patricia Smith.

Student Success Center Offers Comprehensive Student-Focused Resources and Programming

The Student Success Center continues to offer a high-impact network of resources and programming to ensure you have access to the opportunities you may need to thrive on campus. Stop by and visit.

News Daily