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Remote access to corporate LANs hindered by security concerns

With the advancement of the Internet, the proliferation of laptops and the emergence of wireless access, the defini...


November 12, 2002  


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With the advancement of the Internet, the proliferation of laptops and the emergence of wireless access, the definition of the workforce has expanded to include remote work environments.

According to a recent In-Stat/MDR survey, on average, companies are fairly evenly split between those that allow remote access to the corporate LAN and those that do not, with larger companies more likely to allow remote access compared to smaller ones.

The principal reasons stated for not allowing any remote access, whether from home or public locations, were lack of need and security concerns.

“As is evident in the low adoption rates for public access, providers in this space have several challenges that they must address in order to develop the market,” says Amy Cravens, an Analyst with In-Stat/MDR. “The biggest challenge is to appease security concerns among corporations as well as develop a broader base of individual subscribers to demonstrate demand for this type of access.

"While the public access market, until this point, has largely been supported by individual pay-per-use access, the corporate relationship is critical in this market it is a more efficient method to gain high usage levels for fewer marketing dollars and it is a more stable relationship than even individual subscriptions and thus catering to business concerns should be top priority for these providers."


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