Intranets: Principals, Privacy, and Security Considerations
William T. Schiano, Bentley College
Features of an Intranet
Human Resource Management
Ease of Use
Building and Maintaining Secure Intranets
Standards versus Flexibility
Training and Support
Access and Control
Network Availability and Security
Importance of Pilot Studies
Maintenance and Management
An intranet is defined by the use of Internet technologies (HTTP, TCP/IP, FTP, SMTP) within an organization. By contrast, the Internet is a global network of networks connecting myriad organizations. The line becomes blurred when an internal system is opened to remote access, and parts of the system are made available to customers and suppliers. This extension of an intranet to selected outsiders is often called an extranet. Many of the applications accessed over intranets are run on ERP systems such as Oracle, Peoplesoft, and SAP that also service external users.
As wired and wireless connectivity continue to develop, distinctions among types of systems will become increasingly artificial and contrived, just as the once clear distinctions among hardware such as personal computers, servers, and minicomputers have lost meaning. When reading this ...