For many companies, however, a managed service is the only way to maintain proper levels of security, be it to meet internal security policy requirements or to comply with governing rules, regulations and best practices.
Traditionally, there's been a profound trade-off between ease of installation and use on the one hand, and cost on the other. The cheap and easy solutions offer little or no security and no centralized management and control capabilities. The more secure, controllable options are also more expensive and more difficult to use.
A new generation of remote access tools is in the process of changing this dynamic. For example,
The LogMeIn services work with a free management tool known as LogMeIn Scout, which finds all remote access products deployed on a network. It also permits LogMeIn usage policies to be defined for specific users, groups of users, or machines. The tool also enables remote access, upload/download and administrative rights to be granted or restricted on the same basis.
This tool is very much on par with the corporate, centrally managed version of Citrix' GoToMyPC as well. The for-a-fee version of LogMeIn adds all kinds of conveniences, including remote-local file synchronization, an FTP-like file transfer tool, and a "click-to-share" feature to permit Web-based file sharing. It also permits files on the remote side of the connection to be printed locally. With over 1,000,000 users who've registered to take advantage of this capability, it's obvious that many individuals and organizations have found LogMeIn to be a useful and secure remote access toolset.
Ed Tittel is a regular contributor to numerous TechTarget Web sites, and the author of over 100 books on a wide range of computing subjects from markup languages to information security. He's also a contributing editor for Certification Magazine and edits Que Publishing's Exam Cram 2 and Training Guide series of cert prep books. E-mail Ed at email@example.com.
This was first published in November 2007