Virtual Private Network (VPN)

A Virtual Private Network is a combination of tunneling, encryption, authentication, and access control technologies and services used to carry traffic over the Internet and the UAB campus network. VPN traffic can use any combination of access technologies including T1, frame relay, ISDN, ADSL, cable, ATM or simple dial access.

VPN's are used to connect remote users to UAB campus resources that are restricted for reasons of security and/or licensing constraints. In other words, VPN's make it possible for you to use any Internet Service Provider and any of the remote access technologies that they provide to reach networked resources on campus that are not open to the general public. In a remote access VPN, a user accesses a service provider's point of presence, establishes a tunnel back to the UAB campus over that provider's network or the Internet, and authenticates the user to gain access to the UAB network. You authenticate using your BlazerID and password in order to be authorized as a UAB network user.

Note for Health Systems Users: You may be required to utilize VPN software provided especially for use with the Health Systems Network. Please contact the HSIS Help Desk at telephone 934-8888, or e-mail them at

For a more secure connection, UAB offers Two-Factor authentication, available for Department use only.

Preferred Client, Administrator rights required.

AnyConnect Windows VPN Software for 32 and 64 bit systems.

Instructions for AnyConnect Windows Installation.

UABSecureAccess profile. Create a folder "Profiles" under folder "Cisco Anyconnect Client". Place in folder 'Profiles'

AnyConnect Mac OSX VPN software.

Users please note: Select "UABSecure Access" from dropdown unless otherwise instructed

Optional vpn clients, settings, and FAQ