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Remote Desktop will require VPN as of July 5, 2016.

Threat Level: Medium
Threat Type: Remote Access Threat
Advisory Date: 11/22/2019

Description

The University of Regina, Information Services, will be undertaking changes 
related to Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP). This change will impact users who 
access on-campus computers from a location off campus via remote desktop 
protocol (RDP).

Currently, users with a Windows computer located on campus may be able to 
access their machines from a remote location using RDP. 

However, everyday, there are thousands of remote desktop connection attempts 
from unauthorized parties originating from the internet. To reduce the risk 
of a successful unauthorized access, firewall rules are being updated. This 
change will prevent on-campus computers from being directly accessed from 
external sources with a remote desktop client over port 3389.

Resolution

After the change is made, users wishing to access their on campus computers 
from off campus will be required to do so via VPN. This will require 
installing the VPN client on the source (remote) computer to establish a 
connection to campus. Once the VPN connection is established, remote desktop 
can be utilized as previously.

When connecting to VPN, you will be required to authenticate using your 
uregina.ca (Novell) credentials before using the remote desktop client to 
access your internal computer. 

If you require remote desktop access to a computer on campus, please install 
the VPN client on your remote devices prior to July 5, 2016.

Resources

The VPN client instructions can be found at: 
 http://www.uregina.ca/is/infrastructure/network/technotes/569.html (archive)