Virtual Private Network (VPN)

Virtual Private NetworkVirtual Private Network (VPN)

A virtual private network (VPN) creates a secure connection to NU networks. You may be required to use a VPN in order to access certain computer systems for work or class. Once you connect through the VPN, you will be able to access your campus resources at Kearney, Lincoln, and Omaha remotely in the same manner as if your device was physically on campus.

Virtual Private Network


VPNs typically require remote users of the network to be authenticated, and often secure data with encryption technologies to prevent disclosure of private information to unauthorized parties. VPNs may serve any network functionality that is found on any network, such as sharing of data and access to network resources, printers, databases, websites, etc.

A VPN user typically experiences the central network in a manner that is identical to being connected directly to the central network. VPN technology via the public Internet has replaced the need to requisition and maintain expensive dedicated leased-line telecommunication circuits once typical in wide-area network installations.

NU Information Technology Services recommends and supports Cisco's AnyConnect Secure Mobility VPN. It is a VPN client that can be installed and launched from a web browser, and it works on a wide variety of operating systems and hardware configurations. The Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility VPN client and service will work under current NU-supported Mac and Windows versions. Some selected linux versions also work with the VPN.

Getting Started

Enrolling in TrueYou Duo
Before you connect to the NU VPN, you must be enrolled in TrueYou Duo. Duo provides two-factor authentication, which is a second layer of security to your online accounts. Verifying your identity using a second factor (like your phone or other mobile device) prevents anyone but you from logging in, even if they know your password.
To register with TrueYou Duo use these instructions or visit the Duo support page for videos and additional help topics.

Installing the New VPN Client

  1. Go to
  2. Fill out your OneAD Credentials (8 digit NUID/TrueYou Identity) .  
    1.  If your credentials don't work, please reset your password via Firefly.
  3. A page will load showing the VPN Disclaimer
    1. Press Continue on this page
  4. The VPN will now download and install the client

Logging in with the VPN Client

  1. Open the Cisco AnyConnect program that was just installed.
  2. Input "" without the quotes into the "Connect to:" field and press "Connect".
  3. Fill out your OneAD credentials (8 digit NUID/TrueYou password) for the "Username and "Password" fields.
  4. In the "Second Password" field, type "push" or "phone". "Push" will send the notification to your cell phone for authentication, "phone" will call the number you have specified in your profile (or use "phone2", "phone3", etc. if you have more than one phone defined).  Alternatively, you can enter a code from optional hardware token or a code generated in the smartphone app.

What is a full-tunnel VPN?

A full-tunnel VPN(Virtual Private Network) encrypts all internet traffic from your computer. This may inadvertently block you from using resources on your local network, such as a networked printer or drive at home.

New Security Policy

Only Active Students, Faculty and Staff will have access to the VPN


Updated Credentials

Your OneAD Credentials(NUID/TrueYou Identity) are what you will use to access the VPN.

How does the new VPN work?

VPN allows you to connect to the NU network as if you were on campus, making access to restricted services possible. 

Nebraska VPN
2-factor VPN
Encrypts all internet traffic from your computer but may inadvertently block you from using resources on your local network, such as a networked printer at home. Requires two-factor authentication to confirm your identity.

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