University Technology

VPN Requirement for Off-Campus Access to WIUP

Starting April 27, 2015 we will be requiring the use of a VPN to access WIUP from off-campus in order to improve the security of accessing mainframe data.

What is a VPN?

Screenshot of WIU's Clientless Login Screen

Screenshot of WIU's Clientless Login Screen, available at vpn.wiu.edu

A Virtual Private Network (VPN) is a network that provides remote users secure access to their organization's network. The goal of a VPN is to provide the remote user with the same capabilities as the local user, using existing technology and infrastructure. For more details on a VPN and the benefits of using one, visit wiu.edu/vpn.

Why Are We Making This Change?

This security change was made in order to better protect the data of University employees and students.  Previously, WIUP was publicly available on the internet.  In order to reduce the risk of mainframe data being inappropriately accessed or modified by malicious third-parties, access to WIUP is now restricted to devices connected to WIU's network.

How Does This Affect Me?

The majority of users only access WIUP from the WIU campus using a device connected to WIU's network.  This change will not affect these users.  For example, employees that use their WIU workstation to update their time card will not notice any changes. 

If, however, you access WIUP from your home computer, a mobile device connected via a cellular connection, or any other non-WIU internet connection, you are now required to log in to WIU's VPN using your personal ECom username and password before accessing WIUP.

  • If you are accessing WIUP on the web (at http://wiup.wiu.edu), you will log in via WIU's "clientless" VPN, which requires no additional software be installed on your computer.  You will simply log in to one web interface using your ECom username/password, and then be able to access and log in to WIUP.
  • If you are accessing WIUP via QWS3270, you will need to download/install WIU's client VPN (downloads are available at wiu.edu/vpn) and launch it (logging in with your ECom username/password) prior to launching QWS3270.  

So I Will Need to Log in Twice to Access WIUP from Off Campus?

Yes.  You will first log in to WIU's VPN service using your ECom username and password (the same username and password you use to access your Zimbra email).  Once authenticated, you will then be able to launch WIUP and log in with your WIUP username and password.

Does This Affect STARS?

No, access to STARS was not affected by this change.

I Need Help.  Who Can I Contact?

Please contact the uTech Support Center at (309) 298-2704 or e-mail support@wiu.edu if you have any questions or concerns.