for the April 2000 Microsoft Enterprise site.
there a cure for the new remote access mega-headache?
High-speed Web access
from employee residences may be your next big security problem. This hazard
assessment tool qualifies what to do.
They're not rare curiosities anymore. The number of residences in the
United States with high-speed access to the Internet is climbing rapidly.
By 2004, the Gartner Group Inc. of Stamford, Conn., predicts, perhaps
16 million homes will have either a cable modem or a form of digital subscriber
line (DSL) access to the Web. Depending on the type of cable television
network or DSL implementation, you could have telecommuters or other types
of residential users capable of downloading data from your servers at
1.5 megabits per second.
And it's not just the speed of the connections that is worrisome. Cable
modem and DSL implementations are always on, as long as the PC is switched
on. Imagine a telecommuter's PC that is running file transfer protocol
software, so it is functioning as a file server for others. If that PC
is also connected to your corporate network over an unprotected TCP/IP
link, then the whole world could cruise through your data files.
This interactive management tool will help you determine the appropriate
policy on high-speed Internet access to corporate servers. It is not a
tool to determine corporate data security policies. Furthermore, it is
not a tool to determine remote access policies in general. The Enterprise
developed this Rule of Thumb decision tree
and estimating tool about high-speed remote access based on information
provided by a number of analysts, vendors and users. John Pescatore and
John Girard of the Gartner Group consulting firm provided especially important
expertise. We are grateful for their support.
Gartner Group is an industry leading research and consulting firm that
addresses a broad range of technologies. For more information, go to its
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