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Cisco Secure Client (AnyConnect) for MacOS

Cisco Secure Client (AnyConnect) for MacOS



Be aware

You need to have set a password for your VPN account in the Selfservice in order to be able to use the VPN service.

Step 1: Download the Cisco Secure Client

Download Cisco Secure Client (AnyConnect) for macOS (core-vpn).

You must log in to the page using the RWTH Single Sign On (SSO).

Step 2: Install the Cisco Secure Client

Run the installer file that you downloaded.

Run the installer file


Select the package "cisco-secure-client...".



The installer will have been started. Choose "Continue".

Starting the installer


Accept the licence agreement by selecting "Continue" and "Agree".

Licence agreement

Accept the licence agreement


Now choose the packages that you wish to install from the list. Only the "VPN" package is required to use the RWTH-VPN. Confirm your selection with "Continue".

Installation type


Confirm that you wish to install the app with "Install". You may be prompted to enter your device's username and password to authorize the installation ("Install Software").

Confirm installation type


Step 3: Enable Cisco Secure Client

Your device will block the Cisco Secure Client by default. Multiple windows will open, informing you that the Cisco Secure Client System Extension needs to be enabled in your device settings. You can use the "Open Preferences" button to open the settings directly.

AnyConnect was blocked


Choose the menu point "Privacy and Security" and then scroll down to the message that the AnyConnect Socket Filter was blocked. Select "Allow" next to the message. You will be prompted to enter your device's username and password to remove the protection.

Allowing AnyConnect


You will be shown a window asking whether the socket filter is allowed to filter network content. Choose to allow the filter ("Erlauben").

Filter erlauben


You will be shown a confirmation that the extension has been enabled, which you can "Dismiss".

Confirmation that the extension was enabled


You can now close the installation summary by selecting "Close".

Installation summary


Step 4: Start the Cisco Secure Client

You must start the Cisco Secure Client. This can usually be found in your "Applications".

Launching Anyconnect


Step 5: Setting up a connection

In the connection window, you must enter as the VPN address. You can select " (IPsec)" or " (SSLVPN)" using the drop-down menu. Establish the connection by selecting "Connect".

VPN settings


Choose the group "RWTH-VPN"(Full Tunnel) or "RWTH-VPN"(Split Tunnel) and enter your username in the format ab123456. Enter your VPN password as the password. The VPN password can be changed in the IdM Selfservice. Select "OK" to continue.

VPN login

Please enter a one time password. You can generate a one time password by using a token such as an authenticator app.

Option for entering a one time password

 The connection should now have been established successfully. You can stop your connection at any time by selecting "Disconnect".

Cisco Secure Client on the upper task bar


last changed on 04/03/2024

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