By submitting your email address, you agree to receive emails regarding relevant topic offers from TechTarget and its partners. You can withdraw your consent at any time. Contact TechTarget at 275 Grove Street, Newton, MA.
To create a security perimeter around the devices, you do need to consider virus protection, a personal firewall and intrusion detection. However, let's not forget about physical and personnel security. Home PCs, laptops and PDAs are used outside of the corporate physical security environment. As such, the access controls that are sufficient for the office may not be sufficient for remote access. For example, a username and password might be sufficient for the office environment, if your physical controls are such that only employees can even get physical access to the system. On the other hand, you might want to require some form of biometric device for remote access in order to prevent family members, friends or thieves from being able to use the remote computer to access your corporate network. The method you choose needs to be commensurate with the sensitivity of the data being processed, the perceived threat and costs of the access control systems. Speaking of theft, you should also consider encryption of the data on the remote computers, so that when (not if) a laptop or PDA is stolen the thief cannot simply have free access to any locally stored data. There are many vendors that are addressing pieces of this problem, but I do not know of any that are selling anything that is a whole package.
Have a question for an expert?
Please add a title for your question
Get answers from a TechTarget expert on whatever's puzzling you.