First off, I should note that I am only a user of VPN and not an admin, so my knowledge of how VPNs work is very limited, thus I turn to the VPN gurus at stackexchange to see if you can cast some light on something for me.
I've recently started a new job, where we have a large amount of files on a server that I can access from home/anywhere using VPN.
When I started working here I got a laptop with Windows 10 on it and the VPN access set up using Cisco. However at hime I have a Mac, and when it comes to reading text/PDFs documents etc. I much more prefer the Retina screen of my Mac over that of the thinkpad, and thus I attempted to connect to the VPN server from my Mac.
I soon found out that I needed something called the "Shared Secret" to properly set things up, and that was the only thing I was lacking in order to proceed. I then contacted IT support to get the "Shared Secret" and was declined.
Their argument for declining me were;
1 - "we do not know what people have on their private computers" 2 - "we do not support Macs"
Now, these reasons confuse me. My understanding was that VPNs are set up in a way to allow secure connections in a way that it would remain secure regardless of what applications are installed on my personal computer. Also that it doesn't discriminate between OS.
Do any of you have any inputs to the claims offered by our IT support? I'm not going to take this any further, I am just very curious (I am a data scientist, so I am interested in all of these things, even though I presently know very little).