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On-Campus from Off-Campus

Last updated July 18, 2018

A number of services exist on-campus that are not directly accessible from off-campus such as, Collegix, shared files, printing, and etc. To enable secure access to these services we provide special a "tunnel" called "Virtual Intranet Access" (VIA).

VIA

VIA is the preferred connection mechanism for accessing on-campus services. It is a software client compatible with Windows and Apple computers that automatically detects if the computer is on the campus network. If the computer is on the college network, it stays dormant. When the computer off-campus, VIA detects that the network is remote and creates a secure tunnel to the campus. All detected Morningside traffic is sent to campus using this tunnel, allowing the client computer to function exactly as though it were on-campus.

Because the software detects the network automatically, it is safe to leave it running.

Installation and Configuration Instructions

Supported use for VIA client

Because the VIA client allows seamless network access to Morningside Campus from any outside location all use is expected to abide by the Data Security Policy (see below). The best way to use VIA, for users with a desktop workstation on campus, is to utilize "Remote Desktop" technology over the VIA connection.

Remote desktop allows a remote user to open a window to a computer on campus.

Through the Remote Desktop window all programs, files, and icons are available for use without actually downloading data away from campus.

Data Security Policy

Users employing any of the above methods must be extra conscientious about data security because they can easily facilitate data copies leaving the campus.

If you are going to be accessing student data, or any sensitive information, then you must:

  • Keep the device that you are using secure.
    • Password protect the device. If a computer, smartphone, or tablet, you must set it up so that a password is needed to use it.
    • Don't lose the device or let it get stolen. If it is stolen, call the police and let your supervisor know.
  • Don't download sensitive information, and don't let the apps store keep information on the device.
  • Know the risk and take responsibility for it.