One of the biggest advances of Internet connectivity is the ability to work flexibly from any location. Whilst this offers huge advantages in both productivity and personal lifestyle, there are some security issues that need considering. Specifically, data protection, user identity and secure gateways are vital areas to consider when rolling out a mobile working infrastructure.
Internet gateways (firewalls and VPNs) provide the platform to allow remote working from any Internet connected location. They provide a point of authentication so that a user can identify themselves, and a level of control to dictate what a user can access once inside a protected network. They can also extend an organisation's network out to remote users and implement encryption to protect data in transit.
Whilst firewalls provide the core functionality to allow remote access, they do not normally protect against identity theft or the compromise of a remote computer. Strong authentication and disk encryption dramatically strengthen security for remote access solutions. In addition, virus and other malware protection stops infections from potentially entering the corporate network via a remote user.
Data Connect work with a range of market leading technologies to ensure the total protection of remote devices and the networks to which they connect. Using token or SMS based authentication solutions, the identity of a user can be confirmed and legally enforced.
Anti-Malware products and services are widely available, but effectiveness and performance vary from vendor to vendor. Data Connect regularly check the products available to provide our clients with current information that is key to their decision making process.