Wednesday, September 08, 2004

Your remote users can hurt you

Guarding against malware infection from remote users

Sadly, many organizations today haven't adequately addressed the potential for malicious code infection via telecommuters. Often, a home user gets infected by some pathogen on the Internet and then sets up a VPN connection to the corporate network. Once connected, the infected home system acts like the Typhoid Mary on the internal network -- spreading the malicious code and bypassing your perimeter defenses, including Internet firewalls. How can you stop this plague in your environment? The solution requires both policy and technology.

(Tip o' the hat to lockergnome)