Enabling Secure Remote Connectivity for Apple Devices

With over one billion active users worldwide, Apple continues to offer the most diverse product line from Apple Watches to Macs, to iPads and iPhones. As Apple’s 10 year anniversary approaches in September, big plans are in store for iOS 11 to bring new features to the iPhone and iPad this fall. While updates to the mobile operating system will enhance functionality, they will also bring additional security vulnerabilities into play that can expose personal data if it is not protected with proper security measures. For companies that have implemented a BYOD environment, iPhones and iPads must be monitored and secured with virtual private networks (VPNs) to avoid potential security breaches.

Older ATMs Under Fire as IoT Starts to Bite

The ATM celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Some of the oldest cash machines still in use today date back to an era when network security was relatively unsophisticated. Protecting connections between large numbers of disparate ATMs and the banks’ processing centers using VPNs is relatively straightforward. Yet, some banks have not yet taken adequate protective measures.  As the Internet of Things gathers pace, the need to protect machine-to-machine communications is becoming urgent.  Cybercriminals’ recent success in carrying out remote attacks on ATMs is a timely reminder of how important secure remote connectivity has become for M2M environments.

The Secret to Effective Remote Access VPN Management

The growing number of employees using multiple personal and company-owned mobile devices to connect to corporate networks is, according to Ponemon Institute, the biggest endpoint security threat today. In this environment, VPNs play a vital role in encrypting remote communications to keep sensitive and confidential company information exchanges secure and private. Large organizations may have many thousands of endpoint devices accessing the network at any given moment. Managing all these individual components is time-consuming and complex. However, a centralized remote access VPN management system can greatly simplify the process. The secret is in combining intelligence and automation to make remote access management as secure, efficient and productive as possible.

Strategies for Managing Large-Scale VPN Deployments

Large organizations today are experiencing a rapid evolution in technology that is challenging traditional security systems and infrastructures. Corporate networks that once only had to support the connectivity of desk-bound workstations and a small number of laptops must now cope with thousands of laptops, tablets and phones along with a rapidly growing population of IIoT/M2M devices. VPNs are an integral part of any mobile device and IIoT security strategy. To manage all of these VPNs easily and efficiently without compromising end-user security requires the IT department to embrace a variety of strategies.

IIoT, Mobile and Cloud Security Take Center Stage at RSAC 2017

The RSA Conference (RSAC) is always a major highlight in the IT security professional calendar and this year’s show was no exception. In this blog, NCP engineering reviews some of the standout enterprise machine-to-machine (M2M), mobile client and cloud security trends to emerge from RSAC 2017. The show is also a win-win for NCP. Our strong track record with US technology partners means that NCP is well-known to US-base customers and prospects. At the same time, our experience in fulfilling Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) or Industry 4.0 projects in Germany means we had a great deal of knowledge and insight to share with prospects in this security segment, one that is in its early stages in the United States.

A priority on today’s to do list: Please secure remote access once and for all!

Most IT devices have some form of remote access, whether via web browser or app. As long as devices are accessed by an authorized user from within an internal network, this isn’t a problem. Unfortunately, many devices, especially routers and smart home gateways are also accessible from the internet. And that’s where the problems begin. In fact, they have never stopped. Open remote access is among the greatest yet unfortunately inevitable threats of IT devices. Anybody who can access the management interface can control the device and usually the owner will not notice. Devices that are connected to the internet are constantly scanned and scrutinized for vulnerabilities. Open remote management interfaces should be treated as the digital equivalent of a loaded gun. It can be used but you need to know exactly what you are doing and take every possible precaution.