Accessing information remotely makes data more vulnerable to cyber attacks. Secure connections through virtual private networks (VPNs) can help protect MCCCD students, faculty, and staff wherever they go while safeguarding customer data and Maricopa systems from current and evolving cyber threats.
In some instances, MCCCD or software providers may block entire countries or regions (known as geo-blocking) to protect Maricopa systems and sensitive data from cyber attacks. In those cases, VPN technology can enable students, faculty, and staff traveling abroad to connect to Maricopa systems.
Many consumer VPN providers offer quality services that can help in such situations. These providers are regularly reviewed by major online technology publications, which may help you select one that meets your needs. Many of these solutions can help ensure access from a restricted location abroad. Please note that usage and licensing costs may apply.
Choosing the Right VPN Solution for You
The Federal Trade Commission has information about VPNs and a blog post about selecting one, although their primary focus is on increasing overall cybersecurity.
By securing your connection with a VPN that has a United States server location, you should be able to access Maricopa systems while you are abroad. If the VPN provider does not offer a United States server location as part of its service, you will not be able to use it to gain access to Maricopa systems from abroad.
If you encounter questions or issues using the VPN software mentioned above, please contact the vendor’s customer service team to help resolve your issue. In some cases, your local help desk support team may also provide basic assistance, but these tools are not offered or supported by MCCCD.