Why upgrade to AnyConnect VPN client software
The older Cisco VPN client software and the VPN software built
into Mac OS X 10.6 and later
will continue to work through July 27, 2015. Therefore, by July
28, 2015, be sure you have upgraded your VPN software to the
current version of Cisco AnyConnect.
UD encourages employees who need to use VPN to
access information restricted to use on the University's network
to upgrade to the AnyConnect client software as soon as possible.
Benefits of the AnyConnect client:
- It is supported by Cisco for future operating system updates (Windows, Mac, Linux). Cisco no longer supports its older client software.
- AnyConnect is supported on mobile (Apple iOS, Android, Kindle) devices.
- Since AnyConnect uses SSL instead of IPSEC, it bypasses any firewall settings (hotels, coffee shops,
etc.) that might block
the legacy clients.
- AnyConnect is faster than the legacy Cisco client, running
at about twice the speed of the old client.
- AnyConnect can handle network and server issues more
gracefully than either the Mac OS builtin client or the legacy
It can ride through short network disruptions/changes without
requiring the user
- In the event of the primary VPN server failing, AnyConnect can reconnect to the
backup VPN server
without users having to change anything.
- Beginning in the spring of 2015, access
to certain confidential University information will require
two-factor authentication--a password and a second "secret."
Because it supports two-factor authentication, the AnyConnect software is the
required VPN client at this time.