VPN (Virtual Private Network)


Virtual Private Network (VPN) is a remote access technology that allows you to securely access and connect to systems and services on the Brandeis network when you are off campus. It enables you to connect to resources as if you were on campus, making access to restricted services possible. With VPN, you can connect to a department network drive, file shares (files.brandeis.edu), UNet filespace, browse websites that are restricted to campus, or connect to your office computer from home (i.e., remote desktop connection). All communication using VPN is securely encrypted between your computer off campus and the VPN gateway at Brandeis.

Brandeis VPN Renamed Ivanti Secure Access

Pulse Connect Secure, the Brandeis-approved virtual private network (VPN) software, is rebranding to Ivanti Secure Access. The new name and look will be reflected in all future software updates beginning April 25. 

Getting Started

Ivanti Secure Access is the software that Brandeis uses for the virtual private network (VPN). VPN at Brandeis was formerly known as Pulse Secure. Select your operating system to view how-to instructions for your computer including installation, configuration and connecting to the VPN service.

Windows       Mac

When to use VPN

VPN is required to access the following technology resources:

  • Departmental file shares
  • Network drive, File share access
  • UNet file space
  • Remote Desktop
  • Softphone
  • Sage
  • Active Directory Services
  • Windows updates (Brandeis provided)
You do not need to use VPN (Ivanti Secure Access) to access web-based Brandeis resources and services such as GSuite (Mail, Calendar, Drive), Slack, Zoom, Box, Workday or brandeis.edu web pages.


If you have any questions or issues installing or using VPN (Ivanti Secure Access), please visit the Brandeis Service Portal or contact the Technology Help Desk at help@brandeis.edu or 781-736-HELP.

Ivanti Secure Access is supported on Windows and Mac operating systems.

Hard and soft bandwidth limits are in place, excessive use of bandwidth can have a detrimental effect on the performance of the system and ITS reserves the right to terminate connections if deemed necessary.