Connecting Securely: Secure Networks and VPN

Stanford University and the School of Medicine maintain a variety of ways to securely connect to Stanford resources. Some of these secure strategies are applicable and available to all University affiliates. The public VPN is available to any University affiliates who need to connect to the Stanford network from off-campus, using a computer or mobile device; the firewalls protect all University and SoM networks.

VPN and Remote Access

To securely connect to Stanford and School of Medicine resources from off-campus, you can use the Stanford University public VPN.  To find out more about the VPN and remote desktop connections, visit our VPN Page.


The Stanford and School of Medicine networks are protected by firewalls, to keep our information secure according to laws and regulations. Access is tightly controlled. To read more about the School of Medicine's firewall, or request a rule change, visit the Firewall Page.

Protected Networks

Protected networks have been established to provide increased security to specialized SoM devices that are not end user devices.  The enhanced networks manage or even limit access to these devices.

Devices such as: servers, printers, scientific and buidling managemnet equipment need to be on a protected network.


The WinSecure Network (which is not just for Windows!) is a protected network for systems managing specialized research equipment that cannot meet Stanford security requirements. For more, visit the WinSecure Page.  

VA: Stanford LAN Extension

The Stanford LAN Extension (SLE) is a secure network implemented by TDS, to enable access to Stanford resources from the Palo Alto VA Hospital. This means that you can have your machine, while physically located at the VA hospital, placed onto the School of Medicine network in order to access Stanford resources. To set your computer up on the SLE, you will have to follow the proper security procedures. For more, visit the Stanford LAN Exension page.


The SUMCnet is another secure network within the School of Medicine; it stands for Stanford University Medical Center network, and is composed of networks from the School of Medicine, Lucille Packard Children's Hospital, and Stanford Hospitals and Clinics (SHC). If you need to access LPCH/SHC clinical systems from a School of Medicine-owned computer, you may require access to the SUMCnet. For more, visit the SUMCnet Page.