Traveling? Connect to UB services with UB VPN

A woman using a laptop while sitting in an airport.

Published November 21, 2023

Wherever you are in the world, access important UB services whenever you’re on the go with UB VPN. This Cisco Secure Client is the best way to protect your files when you’re off campus.

What is UB VPN?



Sarah Zamer.

Sarah Zamer joined UB in January 2023 as an IT Communications Specialist for UBIT, focusing on video production. Prior to UB, she spent over a decade in the television news industry as a Director/Producer.

 A Buffalo native, Sarah enjoys spending time in Western New York with her family and friends. She also enjoys traveling, bowling, and the occasional round of golf.


VPN stands for “virtual private network.” A VPN gives you access to a secure, private network using encryption over a public network. UB VPN allows you to access certain UB services such as UBfs, My Virtual Computing Lab and even UB voicemail while off campus in a secure setting.

What do I need to connect to UB VPN?

You’ll need Internet access, and UBIT recommends downloading the Cisco Secure Client on your computer. UB offers Cisco Secure Client on Windows, Macintosh or Linux for free for students, faculty and staff.

I’ve downloaded and installed Cisco Secure Client. How do I connect?

Once you’ve downloaded and installed Cisco Secure Client on your computer, you can now connect to UB VPN while you are off campus. You’ll just need to verify using Duo two-step verification. 

Can I connect to UB VPN on Android or iOS?

You can also use your tablet or mobile device to connect to UB VPN. All you’ll need is to download the Cisco Secure Connect App from the App Store or Google Play and access to the Internet with Wi-Fi or cellular data. 

How long can I stay connected to UB VPN?

You have access to a secure connection with UB VPN for up to 24 consecutive hours before you are automatically disconnected. If you’re connection is idle for more than 3 hours, you will also be disconnected from UB VPN. 

Need more help?

If you need help with UB VPN or other technology at UB, contact the UBIT Help Center online or call (716) 645-3542.