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Download the new WiscVPN today

WiscVPN (Cisco’s AnyConnect) is transitioning from Cisco AnyConnect to Palo Alto’s GlobalProtect this summer.  Cisco AnyConnect will be decommissioned on December 29, 2017.

The new service provides enhanced protection from malicious websites, viruses, and includes advanced threat protection. The difference between the old and new service is that now all traffic (such as banking, shopping, browsing) will be sent through the campus VPN service when in use.

How you access WiscVPN during the transition will depend on your device and whether you need a dynamic or static IP address. Most WiscVPN users will connect with a dynamic IP address. However, some high security applications such as HRS and SIS require a static IP connection. If you’re unsure of your connection, please refer to WiscVPN – Static vs Dynamic IP Addresses.

Transition is happening in two stages, dynamic IP addresses can currently use the new GlobalProtect service. Static IP WiscVPN (legacy) users will be automatically transitioned on August 30, 2017 to the Palo Alto GlobalProtect service. Departmental VPN service will also transition to the GlobalProtect based service. Network Services will contact each department and work with them as a part of the campus firewall migration project.

If you’re like most people (and have a dynamic IP address) and connect to WiscVPN with a PC or Mac,  you can download WiscVPN GlobalProtect and connect with WiscVPN GlobalProtect today.  Once you’ve downloaded the GlobalProtect software, please remove the old Cisco’s AnyConnect software.  Do NOT run both clients simultaneously.

The UW will have a mobile license for GlobalProtect starting July 7, 2017. However, it does not provide support for Linux. Please use the native IPSEC client for Linux. Instructions on how to download the mobile client for iOS, Android and Chromebook will be available soon.

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