Installing and Running the Cisco VPN for Mac


Where is Cisco AnyConnect (Cisco VPN) on my Mac?


Cisco VPN is needed for student computers, and any macOS computer that need to use MavAPPs. MavAPPs is not reachable from the Internet (from off campus). But the VPN service makes the off-campus device appear like it's actually on campus and can get to resources behind the Internet firewall.


  1. In a web browser navigate to
  2. Enter your starid and password and click on Login.
    • VPN web login
  3. On the left hand side, click on AnyConnect.
    • VPN side menu AnyConnect
  4. In the middle of the screen, click on Start AnyConnect.
    • VPN Star Anyconnect
  5. Click on Download for macOS.  
    • Note:  This page will detect your operating system..
    • Tip: For detailed instructions for your operating system, click the Instructions button in the lower right corner and scroll down.
  6. This should download the DMG container to your downloads folder.
  7. Double-click on anyconnect-macos dmg file.
    1. downloads folder mac
  8. This will open the DMG contain and display a anycoonect-macos pkg file.  Doublick-click on pkg file.
    • VPN dmg container
  9. Click on Continue.
    • VPN Install Intro
  10. Read the Software License Agreement and click on Continue.
    • VPN License agrement
  11. If you agree and want to continue the install Click on Agree.
    • VPN Install EULA agreement
  12. Click on Install to start the installation.
    • VPN Installation type
  13. Enter for your mac local username and password and click on Install Software.
    • Note:  The username is typically filled out already and you may only need to enter the password.  This is the user name and password you login to your laptop with.
    • Mac Login prompt
  14. You should get some pop ups.  One that gives your directions on how to enable System Extensions for Cisco and a Security Extension Blocked pop up.  On the Security Extension Blocked pop up click on Open Security Preferences.
    • Mac System Extension blocked
    • Cisco Directions
  15. Click on the lock icon in the lower left corner.
  16. Enter for your Mac local user name and password and click on Unlock.
    • Note:  The user name is typically filled out already and you may only need to enter the password.  This is the user name and password you login to your laptop with.
    • Mac System Prefences login
  17. Click on Allow.
    • Mac Security & Privacy Unlocked
  18. This should open a pop up for Cisco AnyConnect Socket Filter.  Click on Allow.
    • Mac Cisco system extension allow
  19. You should get a notification that the System Extension has been enabled.
    • Mac Cisco Extension enabled message
  20. On the install you should get a notification that the installation was successful.  See below for running the Cisco AnyConnect.
  21. Depending on the version of macOS you may get prompted if you want to delete the DMG container we used.  If you want to keep it click on Keep and if you don't want to keep it click on Move to Trash.
    • Mac Delete or keep DMG


  1. Click anywhere on the desktop, then at the top menu bar, click Go and select Applications.
    • Go menu mac
  2. Navigate to the Cisco folder then double-click Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client to open it.
    • Application folder
  3. If prompted for a Server, enter and click on Connect.
    • VPN connection window
  4. Enter your StarID for the Username and your StarID Password for the Password and click OK.
    • VPN Login Window
  5. Your VPN client will now connect.  If you want to disconnect click on the Disconnect button.
    • VPN connection Status
  6. To verify that you are connected on a Mac, look for the circle with the padlock in the upper right hand corner of your screen. 
    • Status Menu Mac
  7. If you would like to get to the window to disconnect or view the status.  Click on the Cisco icon with the Padlock and click on Show AnyConnect Window..
    • VpN drop down menu



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