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Network Security First-Step, Second Edition by Donald Stoddard, Thomas M. Thomas

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Remote-Access VPN Security Considerations

Worms, viruses, spyware, hacking, data theft, and application abuse are considered among the greatest security challenges in today’s networks. Remote-access and remote-office VPN connectivity are common points of entry for such threats because of how VPNs are designed and deployed. For both new and existing IPsec and SSL VPN installations, VPNs are often deployed without proper endpoint and network security. Unprotected or incomplete VPN security can lead to the following network threats:

• Enables remote-user VPN sessions to bring malware into the main office network, causing virus outbreaks that infect other users and network servers.

• Enables users to generate unwanted application traffic, such as ...

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