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UKAT Increases Security for Printing to UK Printers From Off Campus

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 14, 2015) — Security of personnel, facilities, and data is important at the University of Kentucky. As part of an ongoing effort to protect campus resources from unauthorized access, University of Kentucky Analytics and Technologies (UKAT) will begin blocking anonymous off-campus access to campus printers effective Thursday, Oct. 15.

UK employees and students who need to print to university printers from off campus can continue to do so using a VPN connection. Instructions for use of VPN software and setup information are posted at Free Cisco VPN software is available on for those without built-in support. Once connected to the VPN, users will be able to print normally from off-campus locations.

A virtual private network (VPN) uses advanced encryption and tunneling to create a private connection to the UK Network from any other point on the internet. This enables users to transmit data between remote computers and UK systems securely. Using it helps protect sensitive personal information, such as email, credit card numbers, passwords and instant messages from interception during transmission.

Anyone with an active link blue user ID and password can connect to the VPN. Windows, Linux and Macintosh OS X 10.4 and 10.5 users can download the Cisco VPN software from the UK download server. Macintosh OS X 10.6 and above and iOS device (iPhone, iPad, iPod) users can configure VPN connections directly on their devices.

Setup instructions:

•           Windows Vista/7/8:

•           Mac OS X 10.6 and above:

•           Mac OS X 10.4/10.5:

•           Apple iOS Devices:

Contact your department/college technology contact or UKAT Service Desk at 859-218-HELP (4357) for questions concerning off campus printing.

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Harder, 859-323-2396,