Remote Access – Are you at risk?
Most businesses are very aware of attacks through virus’ and the like, but don’t necessarily see allowing users to remotely access the network as a potential threat. A port on your firewall is opened, which historically was reasonably secure.
Hackers are aware of this fact, and have created bots (automated programs) to scan for open ports. When they find them, they attempt to enter a huge number of different combinations of usernames and passwords to gain entrance without your knowledge.
To prevent this, we use a second layer of security before the remote connection can be made. This second layer of security is called a VPN; and uses functionality that is widely found in internet routers. It creates a ‘secure tunnel’ from your remote location to your office and utilises an encrypted password of a length and complex format that makes it nearly impossible to crack.