Re: How secure is VPN access?
From: Jonathan Loh (kj6loh_at_yahoo.com)
Date: Wed, 17 Nov 2004 20:00:51 -0800 (PST) To: firstname.lastname@example.org
It is a valid concern, VPN only secures the connection so that others cannot
see what's going on in the VPN tunnel. But no it does not provide any
filtering. So yes, an unwary (or rogue) employee can upload other goodies.
Many companies have policies mandating that home users install basic
security,(ie a firewall, and virus protection/scanner, etc...), agree not to
misuse the companies servers and sign an agreement saying as much before they
get VPN access.
Corporate laptops, once they go home with the user should be treated the same
way. Unless they have something like deep freeze on them.
--- Cesar Diaz <email@example.com> wrote:
> After years of having VPN access for our remote users without a single
> know security incident, my boss and I have to justify to her boss why
> VPN is secure.
> The CIO wants us to only allow users to access the network from
> company laptops, not from their own home computers. We currently will
> allow users to install the VPN client software on their home computers
> to connect remotely, or they can use Citrix through SSL access to get
> to network resources. His concern is that if a users home PC is
> compromised, that compromise can spread to our network.
> Is this a legitimate concern? Can anyone point me in the direction of
> some documentation backing either argument?
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