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Data Security

HIPAA/Senstive Data

HIPAA training and compliance is required for all users who access the College of Nursing research data server. Review and sign the required training forms posted below.

Required Training/Forms


VPN Access to USC Network

A Virtual Private Network (VPN) builds a data "tunnel" from a public network (e.g. hotel, airport, or coffee shop) to a private network (e.g. USC’s network). When connected to the university’s VPN, you can securely access university resources when you are off campus. The data transmitted through a VPN is encrypted to provide security and protection from unauthorized access or data "snooping.”

Why use the VPN?

  • Secure access to university resources from off campus
  • Compatible with Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems
  • Uses Multifactor Authentication.

What are the requirements to use the VPN?

  • Must be student, faculty, or staff
  • Must know your Network Username and password
  • Must enroll in Multifactor Authentication 
  • Must have the Cisco AnyConnect VPN client installed on your device

All CON Windows laptops that have been distributed since the 2019 computer roll-out will already have Cisco Anyconnect VPN client.  If you have an older windows laptop or Mac, please verify that you have the Cisco Anyconnect Client.  You may bring it by the CON TRC and we can verify for you as well.  Instructions for installation:

Connect to the VPN - Windows

To Connect to the VPN, you need the Cisco Anyconnect client installed on your computer and to have the DUO Multifactor Authentication set up.

  1. Go to the Start Menu by left-clicking the Start button. Locate the Cisco folder within your installed applications. Double-click this folder to access the Cisco applications. You can also search for "Cisco" (without quotes) in the search bar next to the start button.
  2. Double-click the Cisco AnyConnect Client to open the program.
  3. Click “Connect” to initiate the VPN connection.
  4. Enter your University network username and password and submit.  The vpn system will wait until the DUO Multifactor Authentication takes place.  Check your phone
  5. Complete Duo Multifactor Authentication.
  6. You are now connected to the VPN. To end your session, click the Disconnect button.

Note: If Multifactor Authentication isn't working, try logging in using DUO Append Mode (e.g. your_networkpassword,phone)

Connect to VPN - Mac 

  1. In Finder, locate the Cisco folder in Applications.
  2. Double-click the Cisco AnyConnect Client to open the program.
  3. Click Connect to initiate the VPN connection. Note that profiles for students and faculty/staff are pre-loaded based on your affiliation with the University and the software that was downloaded.
  4. Enter your University network username / password, and click OK. Then, complete Duo Multifactor Authentication.
  5. Complete Duo Multifactor Authentication.
  6. You are now connected to the VPN. To end your session, click the Disconnect button.

Note: If using DUO Mobile, please ensure Notifications for this application are not blocked


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