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Working Securely Off Campus

In the May Made for U newsletter, information about the University’s virtual private network (VPN) was shared as a means of connecting to the Internet securely when you are off campus. Many of you utilize remote access to dial in to your on-campus computers, but that poses a security risk to your and the University’s sensitive information since hackers may try to use remote desktop access to steal information or mask the activity of computers infected by malware. As such, remote access to the University of Miami network will only be available through supported UMIT applications and services*.

Please review the following approved and supported remote access services, which provide a more secure way to access your data from anywhere in the world:

Access your files from anywhere, at anytime:
  • Instead of saving files on your desktop computer, save them in Box so that you can securely access and share your files quickly via the cloud from any of your devices: desktop computers, laptops, tablets, smartphones, etc. For information, benefits, and log in information, please review the Box Made for U showcase.
Connect to the UM network while traveling or working remotely:
Securely access remote applications:
  • Some applications are only available on university-managed devices and may not be accessible outside of the UM network. If you would like to remotely host an application, please contact the UMIT Service Desk at: with the subject line: "Remote Access Request."

*Important: Personal virtual private networks (VPNs) and remote desktop protocols (RDPs) used to access University of Miami devices may not function, since these services/applications are not supported by UMIT.

For more information about remote access at UM, please click here to review the University of Miami's remote access policy.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the UMIT Service Desk at (305) 284-6565 or

Thank you.