Connecting Securely: Secure Networks and VPN
Stanford University and the School of Medicine maintain a variety of ways to securely connect to Stanford resources. Some of these secure strategies are applicable and available to all University affiliates. The public VPN is available to any University affiliates who need to connect to the Stanford network from off-campus, using a computer or mobile device; the firewalls protect all University and SoM networks.
To securely connect to Stanford and School of Medicine resources from off-campus, you can use the Stanford University public VPN. Further, once you're connected to VPN, you can also use a remote desktop connection to access your on-campus desktop. To find out more about the VPN and remote desktop connections, visit our VPN Page.
The Stanford and School of Medicine networks are protected by firewalls, to keep our information secure according to laws and regulations. Access is tightly controlled. To read more about the School of Medicine's firewall, or request a rule change, visit the Firewall Page.
The following connection methods are for users with more specialized needs, whether it's connecting to the network from a specific remote location, or whether it's connecting with specialized equipment.
The WinSecure Network is a protected network for WindowsXP and other systems which manage scientific instruments or run unique software applications that cannot be upgraded to meet the security measures here at the School of Medicine. If your computer must run an expired operating system, the WinSecure network can help keep it safe. To find out how to connect, visit the WinSecure Network Page.
The Stanford LAN Extension (SLE) is a secure network implemented by IRT, to enable access to Stanford resources from the Palo Alto VA Hospital. This means that you can have your machine, while physically located at the VA hospital, placed onto the School of Medicine network in order to access Stanford resources. To set your computer up on the SLE, you will have to follow the proper security procedures. For more, visit the Stanford LAN Exension page.
The SUMCnet is another secure network within the School of Medicine; it stands for Stanford University Medical Center network, and is composed of networks from the School of Medicine, Lucille Packard Children's Hospital, and Stanford Hospitals and Clinics (SHC). If you need to access LPCH/SHC clinical systems from a School of Medicine-owned computer, you may require access to the SUMCnet. For more, visit the SUMCnet Page.
If you have any questions about connecting securely, please don’t hesitate to contact IRT at irthelp.stanford.edu or 650-725-8000 (M-F, 7a-6p). You can also visit us at the Stanford Medicine Tech Bar on the ground floor of Lane Library (M-F, 8a-6p).