Remote Access

Cloud-Based Applications

Most applications like Zoom, Slack,Office 365, Blackboard, Grading and Roster System, myUSC, Workday, ServiceNow, and Google apps at USC can be accessed from any web browser.  Install and test Zoom, Slack and other collaboration tools used in your department before transitioning to remote work.

Virtual Private Networking (VPN)

What is VPN?

VPN provides secure remote access to many USC online services when you are off campus. 

When do I use VPN?

You must use VPN to access internal USC systems handling confidential or sensitive data, remote desktop access, and file servers for specific schools and departments.

VPN is required for…

VPN is NOT required for…

Pitchbook – Marshall Blackboard
Business Intelligence – Kuali Zoom
Remote Desktop Access Workday
MyAccess ServiceNow
Student Information System (SIS) Microsoft Office 365
High-Performance Computing (HPC) Google Apps
Pitchbook – Marshall

How do I Install and Run VPN?

Click a link below for instructions to install and run the Cicso AnyConnect VPN client for your operating system.

Where do I go for help?

To test your USC VPN connection:

  • You must be on an external network, such as your home WiFi or a hotspot.
  • VPN cannot be tested from the USC wired or wireless network.
  • If you need help setting up your VPN, contact ITS Customer Support Center.
  • For questions regarding confidential data protection, please email

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