A member of the team requests remote access, the benefits to the company include greater flexibility of the workforce, reduced overhead costs, reduced carbon footprint and increased productivity. That’s the positive side, but what about the negative?
A laptop is stolen from someone’s home, a VPN system allows connections from an infected machine or a BlackBerry with passwords saved is lost. There is now a race against time to either secure the corporate defences to prevent unauthorised access or confirm with the service desk if that particular laptop was upgraded with the latest hard disk encryption being rolled out to the mobile workforce. Not only do you need to consider confidentiality and integrity of the emails and the data they contain but also the availability of the solution. All of which can be compromised in the wrong situations.
Every proactive organisation will have a policy and procedure in place to effectively deal with instances such as these (and if you don’t then NTA can provide assistance here) but what about mitigating any potential issues before they arise? Prevention is always cheaper, and more stress free, than cure.
We can offer a broad range of security assessment services to help ensure that any methods by which your network can be accessed remotely are as secure as possible and do not represent points of weakness and vulnerability. The broad service areas are briefly described below, if you need further information then please contact us.
Remote Access Gateways– With assessments covering SSL, IPSec, P2P, PPTP and LLTP VPNs, Citrix Secure Gateway, WebMail and OWA from pre- and post-authenticated perspectives we can provide peace of mind no matter what technology you have, or will be, implemented.
Mobile Device Security Assessment – With the rise of mobile devices such as BlackBerry’s, Android phones, iPhones’, iPads’ and Windows mobile devices there is an increasing number of methods to connect to the corporate network. What if these devices are infected, lost, stolen or simply misconfigured? A security assessment of the deployment can help answer those questions and reduce the security exposure.
Laptop Security Assessment – There doesn’t seem to be a month that goes by without a revelation from one organisation or another about thousands of personal records being exposed after a laptop has been lost or stolen. But there are other risks that need to be guarded against that could compromise the rest of the corporate network and the information your company holds.