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Remote access brings worker benefits during threat of transport strikes.

SecurEnvoy : 20 February, 2008  (Technical Article)
SecurEnvoy argues that business preparation plans should include improved remote access capabilities to their servers in cases of industrial action by transport workers.
A new survey from SecurEnvoy shows that the strike action threatened by London Underground workers will expose major weaknesses in the capital's businesses. With thousands of workers unable to get into the office, the cost to the economy could run into millions of pounds in lost revenue, as most organisations are completely unprepared for continuing their operations when faced with this type of situation. Only a quarter of workers (25 per cent) said that all staff could access the corporate network remotely, while seven per cent of survey respondents said that nobody within their organisation would be able to access the corporate network in a transport strike or other emergency.

Even more worryingly, 64 per cent of workers with remote access revealed that they are concerned that they are not sufficiently protected against potential intrusions when logging on from a location outside of the office. And more than half (54 per cent) said that the process of logging on remotely was too time consuming, slow or laborious.

"It is more important than ever before that organisations secure their networks against the threat of external intrusions. But at the same time they need to provide access to the growing number of people who work remotely - either by choice or through circumstance," says Steve Watts, sales director at SecurEnvoy. "It has long been recognised that remote access needs to be adequately protected, and that systems need to be put in place so that only authorised personnel can get into the corporate network. But with the security solutions available today there is no reason why all staff shouldn't be able to easily and securely access the corporate network regardless of their location."

SecurEnvoy's flagship product, SecurAccess, is an easy-to-use solution that enables remote workers to sign in securely to corporate networks from anywhere in the world, using their mobile phones for a second authentication factor. Instead of relying on tokens or smart cards, users are sent a passcode to their mobile phone, which they use in conjunction with their Microsoft User ID and password to log on to the network. Once a passcode has been used, it is immediately superseded with a new one sent to the phone.
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