Working Remotely: Client VPN

Client Virtual Private Network (VPN) is an application that creates a secure connection from your state-issued device to the NYS network. 

Before beginning, this method of VPN will only work under the following circumstances: 

  • You are trying to connect to NYS network; 
  • You have NYS State-issued device (Windows laptop); and  
  • The VPN Client is installed 
  • The client is typically installed and preconfigured on most windows-based state-issued devices. This allows for quick connection once you've entered the RSA Passcode when prompted. 

The following Agencies currently have access to the new Client VPN (please see instructions below.)

(AGM) Dept. of Agriculture and Markets Indigent Legal Service
(The Commission) NYS Commission on Ethics and Lobbying in Government (ITS) Information Technology Services
(DCJS) Division of Criminal Justice Services (JC) Justice Center
(DCS) Dept. of Civil Services (OASAS) Office of Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Services
(DEC) Dept. of Environmental Conservation (OCFS) Office of Children and Family Services
(DHSES) Dept. of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (OCM) Office of Cannabis Management
(DMV) Department of Motor Vehicles

(OER) Office of Employee Relations

(DOB) Division of Budget (OFA) NYS Office for the Aging
(DOCCS) Dept. of Corrections and Community Supervision (OGS) Office of General Services
(DOH) Dept. of Health (uses their own version of Cisco AnyConnect Client, which they currently manage) (OMH) Office of Mental Health
(DOL) Dept. of Labor (OMIG) Office of Medicaid Inspector General
(DOS) Department of State (OPWDD) Office for People with Developmental Disabilities
(DOT) Dept. of Transportation (OTDA) Office of Temporary Disability Assistance
(DPS) Dept. of Public Service (Parks) Parks, Recreation, and Historical Preservation
(DTF) Dept. of Taxation and Finance (SLA) State Liquor Authority
(GAMING) NYS Gaming Commission (WCB) Workers Compensation Board
(HCR) NYS Homes and Community Renewal  


How to Check if You have Cisco AnyConnect Client

1. Check for Cisco AnyConnect Client

  • Turn laptop on.
  • Press CTRL+ALT+Delete.
  • In the bottom right look for the icon, which will bring up the Cisco prompt.
  • Login with your NYS credentials and RSA token & passcode. 

View the status of your connection
Show the hidden icons in the bottom toolbar. Click on the ^ icon as shown between the temperature and battery indicator 

Confirm availability of AnyConnect on your device
To see if Cisco AnyConnect Client is available for your state-issued laptop, go to the "Software Center" on your laptop and look in "Applications" for Cisco AnyConnect. Click install and then reboot. Follow the login procedures above.

If your device does not have the Cisco AnyConnect Client, please click on the Working Remotely Overview tab to view other available connectivity methods.