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AnyConnect VPN

A Virtual Private Network (VPN) builds a data "tunnel" from a public network (e.g. hotel, airport, or coffee shop) to a private network (e.g. USC’s network). When connected to the university’s VPN, you can securely access university resources when you are off campus. The data transmitted through a VPN is encrypted to provide security and protection from unauthorized access or data "snooping.”


  • Secure access to university resources from off campus
  • Compatible with Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems
  • Multifactor Authentication



  1. Enroll in Multifactor Authentication.
  2. Once enrolled in Multifactor Authentication, you will need to download the VPN by going to
  3. Click on the Faculty/Staff tab.
  4. Choose Purchase computer software.
  5. Log in with your VIP ID and password.
  6. Choose Software for Work (university computers) or Software for Home (personal computers), select Security, choose Cisco AnyConnect VPN, and click Cisco AnyConnect VPN.
  7. Follow the prompts to download the software and installation instructions.