Virtual Private Networking (VPN) allows users to access University-restricted resources from non-University internet connections. For security reasons, departments and organizations will restrict certain websites or web pages to those coming from a University network connection. To maintain the same level of security, users connecting from non-University internet connections will need to verify that they are a member of the University before being allowed to access those same resources. You can do this by authenticating via a VPN client.
The University's central computing organization, OAAIS, provides the vpn@UCSF service to allow users access to University-restricted resources from outside of the University. vpn@UCSF accounts are available to everyone at UCSF with a UCID, SAAID, or special ID number.