Skip to Main Content

Academic Computing

Production Networks

See the IT Security Policies and Standards on the intranet

Medical Center’s networks (MEDCTR domain).  Please keep the following network information in mind. 

Wireless Network ID




Secure Production Network

When on campus this will be the auto-configured network.  It is the primary network for your day-to-day use.  Your laptop has been pre-configured to be attached to this one.


Secure Production Network

This is the network for the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) students. Use your medical center username and password to connect.


Unsecured Guest Network

This is the Wake Forest Baptist Guest network for campus locations in downtown Winston, which comes in handy for personal device use.  This network is unsecured and an agreement page must be clicked through to join and utilize.


Unsecured Guest Network

This the Wake Forest Baptist guest network for the Medical Campus (i.e. Hospital and clinics).  Its purpose and function is the same as IQGUEST.

**Wake Forest University advertises wireless networks downtown (production and guest) but they have an entirely different process for joining.  For best results please use the networks above.

**PA students who will attend Appalachian State will be oriented to their networks at the ASU orientation. 

Virtual Private Network

Virtual Private Network (VPN)
- enables you to remotely communicate confidentially over a public network to the Wake Forest Network. For example, your home internet connection and the Wake Forest network.

This solution provides a powerful solution for users who work off-site on a regular basis using assigned medical center assets remotely. It provides the same level of access to you as if you were connected at the office. The VPN client is desktop software that secures traffic between your remotely connected medical center device and the restricted medical center network.

** Please note: if doing a literature search where you want to save documents locally it is easier to go through the proxy server via the Library website - for more information

To use VPN, your medical center device remotely you must (your student laptops and accounts meet these conditions):

  1. Be using an approved medical center device (laptop)
  2. Have the any connect software pre-installed (installed by desktop support)
  3. Have been approved by your manager for remote connection capability
  4. Have your medical center account configured for appropriate connection permission

The software required for VPN connection is “Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client” – referred to from this point on as “AnyConnect Client”. To begin your VPN session, launch the AnyConnect Client from your computers start menu under Cisco.
Verify the connection information is set to

vpn connect


If it is blank or another entry is listed, type “”, this information will be saved upon successful connection for ease of future connection.

Verify in the dropdown box “vpn-anyconnect” is the selected option prior to providing any credentials. When prompted provide the following information:

  1. Your medical center username (the one you sign onto your computer with)
  2. Your medical center password

The AnyConnect client will automatically be minimized upon successful connection.

To close this connection, click the AnyConnect icon   located in the taskbar notification area (by the clock) and select the Disconnect option.

While you are connected via VPN connection your browsing habits, access levels, software access etc will function the same way as when sitting in the office.


Password Requirements

Passwords are required to be:

  • At least ten (10) characters long.
  • Containing both upper and lower-case characters, and least one character from three of the following four groups:  Upper Case (e.g. A-Z), Lower Case (e.g. a-z), Numbers (e.g. 0-9), Punctuation\Special Characters (!@#$%^&*()+|~-=\‘{}[]:";’<>?,./.
  • Changed at least every 90 days.

Passwords are not to be:

  • A word found in a dictionary (English or foreign).
  • A common usage word such as: names of family, pets, friends, co-workers, fantasy characters, etc.
  • Words in any language, slang, dialect, jargon, etc., which would be in password cracker lists.
  • Computer terms and names, commands, sites, companies, hardware, software, etc.
  • Words such as "Wake", "WakeHealth", "WFBMC" or any derivation.
  • Birthdays and other personal information such as addresses and phone numbers.
  • A word or number patterns like aaabbb, qwerty, zyxwvuts, 123321, etc.
  • Any of the above spelled backwards.
  • Any of the above preceded or followed by a digit (e.g., secret1, 1secret).

Users are not to:

  • Reveal a password to anyone.
  • Reveal a password on questionnaires.
  • Use the "Remember Password" feature of applications (e.g., Web browsers).
  • Write passwords down and store them anywhere in their office.
  • Store passwords in a file on any computer system (including PDAs or similar devices) without encryption.
  • Use the same password for business and non-business purposes.

For questions, concerns, or to report suspicious activity, contact the Service Desk at 336-716-HELP (6-4357) or email ITS Security at To view this and other announcements from ITS Security, please visit Yammer

Guest Network

The guest network is restricted - Pharos printing ONLY 

Do not connect to the guest network from medical center devices - it will prevent you from getting on the production network.

Carpenter Library | Atrium Health/Wake Forest University School of Medicine | Contact Us