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July - 2008 - issue > Technology

The Means for an Endpoint Security

Ameet Dhillon
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Ameet Dhillon
As SSL VPN remote access systems – that is, technology used to connect internal company resources and data to people working from home or on the road – become more mainstream, and organizations extend their internal infrastructures to users who are not necessarily employees, ‘endpoint security’ has become a growing concern. With so many different types of users connect from a slew of various devices and need access to vastly different internal resources, it’s important to inspect every requesting host to ensure that both the user and the device can be trusted.

The Door is Open
Since the SSL VPN technology has opened remote access to the masses, and all that’s required for this access is a browser, administrators must be able to detect not only the type of computer being used (laptop, PDA, or kiosk) but also its security posture.

Allowing an infected device access onto the network is just as bad as allowing an invalid user to access proprietary internal information. This is where powerful ‘endpoint security’ features on an SSL VPN device can take over. These features, in essence, prevent infected PCs, hosts, or users from connecting to the network. Its auto remediation capabilities for infected PCs also help reduce help desk calls and prevent sensitive data from being snooped by keystroke loggers and malicious programs.

The Pre-logon Inspection
Validating a user is no longer the starting point for determining access; the device that they’re using takes up that place now.

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