Remote-Access Security: How Safe Is It?

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During the holiday weekend, I helped my mom set up a remote-access server for work on her personal PC at home, and although the setup process was successful, I began to wonder how secure her remote network connection really would be. Considering she works for a large bank, security is definitely an issue. So other than requiring a key fob to initially access the network and being prompted to verify her password upon opening any of her organization’s programs and files, there seem to be no other blatant security measures.

 

It is hard to believe that a key fob—no bigger than a pen cap—can actually secure a system from outside intruders and threats. But I guess because a key fob is a physical object, it is easy for an owner to know if it has been stolen in comparison to a password being stolen or guessed. Nevertheless, there must be other security measures built into the network because it is a scary thought that someone working from home could unknowingly provide critical information to a hacker. And in speaking to many IT professionals, it seems that more and more workplaces are giving their employees access to the network from home, with work flexibility a top priority and 24×7 access a requirement in many scenarios. Security for such networks must be incredibly complex, but even so, I bet security procedures for remote access need to be reinforced.

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