A.9. Communications Security

Communications security is an ever-expanding branch of IT security and one that is often not given the respect and attention it truly deserves. Communications security encompasses all the means by which data can enter or leave your otherwise private LAN. Even with a strongly secured LAN, weak communications security can bring it all crashing down. Each pathway by which data can move is yet another route through which malware can gain entry and intrusions can take place. In the realm of remote access, several areas fall in this category and demand specific attention: dial-up, remote control/remote shell, and VPN.

Remote access is the broad collection of mechanisms that allow external entities to interact with an internal ...

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