Cisco VPN Client Software Update Required by Feb. 1

Beginning February 1, the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) will discontinue the use and support for Cisco VPN Client versions 5.x (Windows) and 4.9 (Mac) that use the IPSec protocol for OSU network connections. All users will be required to download and install the new Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client version 2.x.

Cisco AnyConnect is a virtual private network (VPN) client that provides remote users with secure VPN connections to the OSUnet.

Steps to take: Current users should migrate to the AnyConnect version 2.x before February 1 because on that date the older Cisco VPN Clients will no longer work on the OSUnet. Users should uninstall the older version of the Cisco VPN Client before downloading and installing Cisco AnyConnect. The software and installation instructions are available on the download page at

Apple iPhone, iPod, and iPad users must launch iTunes and go to the iTunes App Store to download the Cisco AnyConnect client.

Help: OCIO will be working closely with the campus community to ensure a seamless transition to the new AnyConnect VPN client. If assistance is needed, send e-mail to, visit, or call 688-HELP.