Virtual Private Network (VPN)
To protect Argonne’s computing networks, resources, and data, many applications and computing resources on Laboratory networks are not available from offsite without the use of a Virtual Private Network (VPN) connection.The use of a VPN connection allows services to pass through an encrypted "tunnel" to and from the Laboratory, thus giving authenticated users offsite access to internal Laboratory resources. This provides the same access to internal services that you would have when working from your desk at the Laboratory. It is required if you need access to resources beyond internal web pages and web applications. This option requires additional authorization from your division’s Cyber Security Program Representative (CSPR).
After you have established a VPN connection, you can access Inside Argonne and various business applications. You can also connect via Remote Desktop to access your work files that reside on the Argonne network from your work computer.
Your division technical support may have to install the software for you if you do not have administrative rights on your computer.
When connecting to the Laboratory via VPN, you will always see a notice that you are accessing a federal government computer.
An annual survey is required of all employees who have VPN access to Argonne. You will be notified via e-mail when you are required to take the survey, but it is also available here.
Based on the information you provide in the survey, you may be required to use a CryptoCard for added security. In that event, the CIS Help Desk will contact you. to obtain the Cryptocard device.