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Unformatted text preview: er from "Extranets" in that the former are generally restricted to employees of the organization while extranets can generally be accessed by customers, suppliers, or other approved parties. There does not necessarily have to be any access from the organization's internal network to the Internet itself. When such access is provided it is usually through a gateway with a firewall, along with user authentication, encryption of messages, and often makes use of virtual private networks (VPNs). Although intranets can be set up quickly to share data in a controlled environment, that data is still at risk unless there is tight security. The disadvantage of a closed intranet is that vital data might not get into the hands of those who need it. Intranets have a place within agencies. But for broader data sharing, it might be better to keep the networks open, with these safeguards: 1. Firewalls that detect and report intrusion attempts 2. Sophisticated virus checking at the firewall 3. Enforced rules for employee opening of e‐ mail attachments 4. Encryption for all connections and data transfers 5. Authentication by synchronized, timed passwords or security certificates It was mentioned that if the intranet wanted access to the internet, virtual private networks are often used. Intranets that exist across multiple locations generally run over separate leased lines or a newer approach of VPN can be utilized. VPN is a private network that uses a public network (usually the Internet) to connect remote sites or users together. Instead of using a dedicated, real‐world connection such as leased line, a VPN uses "virtual" connections routed through the Internet from the company's private network to the remote site or employee. Figure 3 is a graphical representation of an organization and VPN network. Figure 3: A typical VPN might have a main LAN at the corporate headquarters of a company, other LANs at remote offices or facilities and individual users connecting from out in the field. [14] CURRENT DEVELOPMENTS IN NETWORK SECURITY The network security field is continuing down the same route. The same methodologies are being used with the addition of biometric identification. Biometrics provides a better method of authentication than passwords. This might greatly reduce the unauthorized access of secure systems. New technology such as the smart card is surfacing in research on network security. The software aspect of network security is very dynamic. Constantly new firewalls and encryption schemes are being implemented. The research being performed assists in understanding current development and projecting the future developments of the field. 1. Hardware Developments Hardware developments are not developing rapidly. Biometric systems and smart cards are the only new hardware technologies that are widely impacting security. 1 0 The most obvious use of biometrics for network security is for secure workstation logons for a workstation connected to a network. Each workstation requires some software support for biometric identification of the user as well as, depending on the biometric being used, some hardware device. The cost of hardware devices is one thing that may lead to the widespread use of voice biometric security identification, especially among companies and organizations on a low budget. Hardware device such as computer mice with built in thumbprint readers would be the next step up. These devices would be more expensive to implement on several computers, as each machine would require its own hardware device. A biometric mouse, with the software to support it, is available from around $120 in the U.S. The advantage of voice recognition software is that it can be centralized, thus reducing the cost of implementation per machine. At top of the range a centralized voice biometric package can cost up to $50,000 but may be able to manage the secure log‐ in of up to 5000 machines....
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