501.1 Scope:

This Policy applies to Virtual Private Network (VPN) use by Catholic Center employees.

501.2 Purpose:

This Policy provides guidelines for Remote Access IPSec or PPTP Virtual Private Network (VPN) connections to the Archdiocesan Network.

501.3 Applicability:

This Policy applies to all archdiocesan employees, contractors, consultants, temporary employees, and other workers using VPNs to access the Archdiocesan network.

501.4 Enforcement:

The Director of Information Technology shall enforce this Policy.  Any employee found to have violated this policy may be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment.


502.1 Approval for VPN Request:

An employee must obtain approval from the employee’s supervisor and Executive Director before submitting a request for VPN Access

502.2 VPN Request Form:

All VPN requests must be made through a VPN Access Request Form, available here .

502.3 Eligibility for VPN:

VPN access will only be granted to exempt employees with an assigned Archdiocesan laptop and whose job functions require VPN access, because:

A) The employee must perform job functions away from the Catholic Center.

B) While performing job functions away from the Catholic Center, the employee requires extensive use of Archdiocesan network applications or of a significant quantity of large network files and/or the need to share such files with other Archdiocesan users.


503.1 Use of ISP:

Employees with an approved VPN shall use their own internet service provider (“ISP”) for access to the Archdiocesan network.


A) The user is responsible for paying any fees associated with the user’s ISP.

B)  A broadband ISP service with 256K speed or greater is recommended.

C) VPN access via America Online or dial-up services is not supported, due to technological and speed limitations.

503.2 Automatic Disconnections:

The Archdiocesan network will automatically disconnect VPN users after thirty minutes of inactivity. Pings or other artificial network process shall not be used to avoid disconnection.

503.3 Connection Limit:

VPN access may not extend beyond a 24-hour connection limit.

503.4 Expiration of VPN Access:

If a VPN account is not used for a period of six months the account will expire and no longer function.


VPN access is considered an “as needed” privilege, and account activity is monitored.  If VPN access expires and is subsequently required, the user must make a new VPN request as described above.

503.5 Unauthorized Users:

Employees with VPN privileges must ensure that unauthorized users are not allowed to access the Archdiocesan network

503.6 Internet Access Prohibited:

To protect the Security of the Archdiocesan network, access to the Internet is strictly prohibited while connected to the VPN. To gain access to the Internet, a user must log out of the VPN connection.

503.7 Compliance with Computer Use and Internet Policy:

VPN users must read and follow the Division of Information Technology’s Computer Use and Internet Policy, available here.