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Control from Afar – A Few Tips on Managing Access Remotely



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November 8, 2010 5:07 pm

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Any firm with concerns about network and facility security has to be aware of the challenges that come with Identity Access Management. It’s s not a simple process that requires one key, one door, one lock. IAM poses myriad challenges to any enterprise, not the least of which is remote identity management is still the responsibility of the IT department to monitor authentication to ensure proper access to approved personnel.

Anything larger than a mall kiosk requires a complete security framework to manage access, information exchange, separation of duty (SoD) monitoring and more. Further, the real challenge today is performing all these IAM tasks from a central location – or from the road via smartphones and mobile devices.

Here are a couple things to know about remote IDM from respected industry knowledgebase discussion.*

You can use remote tools without affecting permissions and rights

When implementing remote-access tools, users maintain the same access to files and shared drives as they do at the office.

Remote-access tools can be either software or service

Software requires that administrators have the program loaded on both remote and host computers. Hosted services require a subscription and then route access through their servers. These are browser-based and allow access from any browser. Both solutions provide remote system access – it

Beyond that, there are several best practices for securing your network and facilities. According to an article by George Wrenn, there’s a five-point strategy for ensuring secure remote access. Briefly, these are…

Software and policy must be interconnected. Create a policy that defines the exact security software controls that must exist on systems with remote access.

Install and monitor a product (either software or server-based) that offers comprehensive endpoint security management and policy enforcement. This puts the control in your hands.

Enforce enterprise-wide compliance through education. Let employees, contractors, partners and clients know how systems and information is protected and ensure that all audiences use the proper protection and access techniques.

Establish reporting that informs and assists IT in making decisions about access. This reporting can include alarms, out-of-compliance alerts and more. Ultimately, access figures will ensure that IT has enough information to implement security measures going forward.

Continually review and revise security policy based on real-world practice. Knowing how and why systems are being accessed – and by whom – arms you with information you need to make informed decisions about securing your data, servers, facilities and access to each.

Learn more about network and enterprise security as it pertains to IAM here

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