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Re: Security and VPN
From: Sat Jagat Singh <flyingdervish () yahoo com>
Date: Fri, 22 Jun 2007 13:30:58 -0700 (PDT)

Many good points have been made on this question.  One
more to consider is that many organizations have a
policy of not allowing any network access from
employee owned computing devices.  Obviously the
effect being that you would need to issue laptops to
anyone requiring VPN access.  The upside being that
you then control the configuration, you can have your
management interfaces on it, set to check in with your
servers for configuration updates, and concerns over
the insecurity of somebody's home system are a bit
smaller.

If you do go this route, I would suggest to disable
password caching and have the users log onto the units
with a local account.  Otherwise, a hash of your (and
possibly the domain admin account) password is
floating around out there at large for cracking since
you will have logged onto the unit to do configuration

--- Sohail Sarwar <ssarwar () ecredit com> wrote:

Hi there,

      I just wanted to put this out there.  How secure is
VPN.
Meaning, if my users take home the client and
install it on their
desktop at home, and connect to the corporate
network and production
network, wheat are we really looking at.  Are they
secure or not.

      Two factor authentication would only help the
authentication
purpose and to protect the user name and password ?

      How about restricting them to access, and how about
worrying
about their home computer that can be effected.

      Has anyone been through this.  Any one give home
users a list of
requirements that they must have before vpn can be
offered to them ?

      Should there be some type of desktop policy
installed on their
home computer, just to protect the company network ?
 Any help and
guidance would be great

Regards,
Sohail


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