Accessing Your Files

Available Online Systems and Tools

  • OneDrive: for real-time collaboration and file sharing.
  • Office 365 Groupsfor documents, spreadsheets, project plans, scheduling and group email.
  • SharePointto store, organize, share and access information.

Accessing NIU Network Services Remotely

NIU's virtual private network (VPN) service allows current faculty, staff and students to log in and then send and receive data securely across public networks. Several enterprise applications at NIU, including PeopleSoft, Cascade, etc., require VPN access from off campus. All NIU employees and students, however, are encouraged to use NIU's VPN service to access NIU data and applications whenever they are away from the campus network and especially when traveling.

If you're off campus and accessing internet-based tools that are only available to on-campus users, you'll need to connect to the VPN. Please note, you do not need the VPN to access O365 or Blackboard.

How to Use NIU's VPN Service

  1. Navigate to https://secure.niu.edu using a browser other than Firefox and log in with your NIU account ID and password. Most faculty and staff will already have AnyConnect on their NIU-managed desktop/laptop. If not, you'll have the opportunity to download and install the client.
  2. When prompted by AnyConnect as "Ready to Connect," enter asa-vpn.niu.edu and click Connect.
  3. When prompted for Group, choose NIU_SPLIT_Tunnel_VPN.
  4. Enter your NIU account ID (ex. A1234567, Z1234567, etc.) and password, then click OK.
  5. AnyConnect will display a successful connection message.
  6. To disconnect, open the active AnyConnect window and click Disconnect.

If you need help with VPN accessibility, work with your DoIT representative or enter a ticket with the IT Service Portal.

Trouble Connecting to the Network

Certain network protocols may prevent the use of VPN. Try accessing from another location with open access, i.e. Starbucks, Panera, McDonalds or other publicly accessible networks. 

We've updated the version of Cisco AnyConnect for MacOS published at secure.niu.edu. If you are on MacOS 15.0 (Catalina) or above, please update your client to resolve any issues connecting.

Contact ServiceDesk@niu.edu for assistance.

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