What We Do: Solving the information assurance challenge

By: Route1  09-12-2011
Keywords: Security, network security, Remote Access

All organizations - whether in government or the private sector - recognize the need to increase the efficiency, productivity and flexibility of their people. The rapid advances in information technology have helped - allowing for instant messaging, online collaboration and telecommuting, for example. Remote access to enterprise networks and data frees staff to work effectively from anywhere at any time.

But developments in IT have also created the greatest challenge to the potential breakthrough in remote access. That challenge is security - maintaining the integrity of networks, limiting access to data to authorized users, controlling what data those users can work with, and eliminating "data leakage."

Balancing ease of access with network security is arguably one of the greatest problem facing IT departments today. It is a problem that will only grow, as more and more users require more and more access from remote locations. And as security threats become more sophisticated.

Three elements must work together for an organization to take full advantage of the possibilities of new information technology:

  1. Access: Can people use the resources of the network wherever they are?
  2. Data security: How can the organization ensure that its data cannot be accessed, stolen, or tampered with by the wrong people?
  3. Entitlement management: How does the organization ensure that only the right people can access the data and that only the right data is available to those people.

The Challenge

Maintaining the balance between these three elements is becoming increasingly difficult. Enterprise networks are under siege; and with the constant introduction of new devices, applications and users, they face an ever-expanding risk that sensitive data could be compromised, lost or stolen.

The traditional approach to managing that risk has only made things more complicated: piecing together multiple vendor solutions to multiple issues, such as information security, identity management, virtualization, auditing and remote access. Relying on this kind of purpose-specific authentication methodology carries with it its own problems. Multiple access mechanisms that rely on user credentials are cumbersome to manage. IT departments are forced to design multiple security models whose complexity grows with every new tool or procedure. And the cost in time and human resources is equally burdensome.

This challenge is constant and will continue as long as there is innovation in information technology. Every IT department faces the problem of growing its organization's electronic resources while maintaining security; the proliferation of information technology ensures that this problem will only grow. So what is the solution?

Route1 has the solution. The MobiNET platform and its related suite of applications and devices is the answer to every organization's information assurance challenge. The MobiNET platform eliminates the security headache of IT departments by providing a universal identity management and service delivery platform. Unlike other access systems, the MobiNET platform is driven by the identity of the user - not the device they are using or where the data is housed. Using a MobiKEY device, a user can be consistently and accurately identified by the MobiNET platform. This lets IT managers focus instead on what individual users are authorized to access - where they can go on a network and what they can do. The result is a complete, one-source solution that can meet the needs of any organization, large or small.

MobiNET is a platform that is powerful, flexible, secure, and easy to use. It is part of a comprehensive system that also comprises specialized platforms such as DEFIMNET, the private network version of MobiNET, enabling devices such as the MobiKEY and application software like TruOFFICE.

The Solution from Route1

These elements work together to provide users remote access that is seamless, while simplifying the task of access and entitlement management for IT departments. There is no need for applications or drivers to be installed on a guest computer. There are no caches or temporary files left behind. Confidential information always remains within an organization's IT infrastructure and firewalls, while the user enjoys the same experience they would have had at their place of work. The MobiNET platform makes the office virtual, while maintaining office security.

Access and Security

Security is the cornerstone of what Route1 offers. The MobiNET platform combines the strength of a Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) solution with the trust and flexibility of multi-factor authentication, meeting the stringent security mandates and policies established by governments, defence organizations and commercial enterprises. It thus allows organizations to ensure the integrity of their data while facilitating secure connections between individuals and their digital resources from anywhere in the world. By operating seamlessly alongside an organization's existing firewall structure, the MobiNET platform simplifies the job of IT administrators: remote access is easy and cost-effective, and requires minimal IT support.

When the MobiNET platform is deployed, all components are authenticated using digital certificates, which prevent man-in-the-middle attacks. Encrypted keystrokes, mouse movement, and screen images are transferred between the Host, the MobiKEY device and Guest machines using an end-to-end SSL connection. All data and applications continue to reside on the Host computer, behind the organization's firewall.

MobiNET Security Compliances

  1. Multi-factor authentication
  2. Smart card, Common Criteria EAL4+ certified
  3. Private Key never leaves smart card
  4. Seamless integration with Active Directory
  5. 1024 to 4096-bit asymmetric keys
  1. FIPS 140-2 cryptographic modules
  2. TLS 1.0 (SSL 3.1)
  3. 128-bit/256-bit AES encryption
  4. RSA SHA-1 signing algorithm
  5. Evaluated by ICSA Labs

Keywords: Electronic Resources, Identity Management, It Departments, Multi-factor Authentication, network security, Remote Access, Security,

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