What We're Reading, Week of 1/25

by VPNHaus | 01/28/2010 |Highlights

The Windows Blog…
Remote Access Challenges
In this post, Alexander Kent explains some of the most common remote access challenges and offers advice on how to make your Windows Home Server accessible across the Internet. He addresses these issues: UPnP is not enabled or supported by your router, an Internet Service Provider is blocking Remote Access Ports, and Double NAT. If you have experienced issues with any of those challenges, this breakdown should be helpful.

Insecure about Security…
Will 2010 Be “The Year of IPv6?”
John Oltisk believes that the foundation of IPv6 is now firmly in place and we will see steady and growing momentum in the years to come and that by 2013, the transition will be nearly completed. He makes this prediction for the following reasons: the argument that we are running out of IP addresses is now taking hold, IPv6 is now supported in all major operating systems including Windows, Linux, MacOS, and z/OS, many governments around the world already run on IPv6 or are in the process of transitioning to IPv6 and IPv6 security will become more and more important moving forward.

Security Strategies for Long-Term, Targeted Threats
This post offers some security strategies for dealing with long-term, targeted threats such as the Advanced Persistent threat in Firestarter. One suggestion is to segregate networks and information since the more internal barriers an attacker needs to traverse, the greater your chance to detect. However, allowing VPN access across these barriers won’t help segregation nearly as much. The root cause of many breaches has been a weak endpoint connecting over VPN to a secured network. You can use NCP’s Secure Entry Client to make sure this does not happen.

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