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WiscVPN is transitioning to Palo Alto GlobalProtect

WiscVPN (currently running Cisco AnyConnect) is transitioning to Palo Alto GlobalProtect. Cisco AnyConnect will be decommissioned on December 29, 2017.

The new service provides enhanced protection from malicious websites, viruses, and includes advanced threat protection. In addition, all traffic (including browsing, banking, shopping) will now be sent through the campus VPN service when in use. Note: This service does not decrypt SSL-based (sites using https) browser sessions, meaning that your passwords, transactions or account information will not be logged or monitored. The transition is happening in stages:

Dynamic IP address users (most people on campus):

Static IP WiscVPN (legacy) users: (static IP users have been receiving information via email)

  • The WiscVPN transition for static IP users to Palo Alto GlobalProtect scheduled for August 30 has been delayed.
  • Please continue to connect to WiscVPN Cisco AnyConnect with your static IP.
  • Our vendor, Palo Alto Networks is working on a GlobalProtect solution to enable Linux users to connect to WiscVPN using their static IP. Once the solution is reached, you will be contacted with a new transition date.
  • If you’re unsure if you have a static IP, you can check at WiscVPN Static IP Management.

Departmental VPN service will also transition to the GlobalProtect service at a later date.

  • You are a departmental VPN user if you currently connect to Cisco AnyConnect via the following three sites: 
    • dept-ra-432nm.vpn.wisc.edu
    • dept-ra-animal.vpn.wisc.edu
    • dept-ra-cssc.vpn.wisc.edu
  • If you use departmental VPN, keep using AnyConnect until you are notified. Network Services will contact each department and work with them as a part of the campus firewall migration project.

If you connect to WiscVPN on a mobile device please follow the instructions on WiscVPN Client Transition.

If you have any questions, please contact the DoIT Help Desk.