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A VPN (virtual private network) allows you to create a secure connection to NOVA's network. Certain college resources, such as file shares or AIS requires a VPN connection. 

Which version of VPN should I use?

Palo Alto GlobalProtect

  • Access resources such as home/group network drives, SharePoint, Remote Desk Servers, AIS, and Cisco softphone.
  • Will work for anyone trying to connect to NOVA resources
  • Automatic installation on all college own laptops by IT if connected to NOVA's network. Installation directions are below for those off-campus. Contact IT for installation if needed.

Cisco AnyConnect VPN with Symantec 2Factor Authentication

  • Install if working with PII (personally identifiable information) data.
  • If you already have Cisco AnyConnect installed and work with PII data, continue to work with this software.
  • You will not be able to use the Palo Alto GlobalProtect software even if it is installed on your computer.
  • For HR, Police, IT, Financial Aid, IT Help Desk

Directions for GlobalProtect Installation

Before downloading the software, please make sure to read the installation instructions first.

Mac Windows

Download and Install Software

Cisco AnyConnect Download

Most users should be using Palo Alto GlobalProtect software. If you need access to Cisco please contact wsdm@nvcc.edu