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SSL VPN provider Whale Communications and compliance and policy management specialist, Secoda Risk Management, have announced a joint solution to boost secure remote access.

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By  Simon Duddy Published  May 11, 2005

SSL VPN provider Whale Communications and compliance and policy management specialist, Secoda Risk Management, have announced a joint solution, which the vendors claim forges the missing link between corporate policy awareness and auditable secure remote access. The firms say their solution is the first to do more than report on regulatory compliance by enabling enforcement. It is designed to ensure that remote workers – employees and contractors alike –comply with corporate security policies before they can access the network or use any applications remotely. In the current regulatory environment, companies need to be vigilant and demonstrate adherence to best practices such as Basel II risk management, Sarbanes Oxley and BS7799/ISO17799 security standards. At the same time, business has been increasingly moving towards remote working and the adoption of SSL VPNs (Secure Socket Layer Virtual Private Networks) as a convenient and cost-effective method to deliver remote access to employees, partners and customers from any web-connected browser. Take up in the SSL VPN market has been considerable and continues to grow steadily. Datamonitor estimates that the global market will grow to US$1bn in 2007. Synergy Research suggests that SSL VPN sales will increase 184% year-over-year, with worldwide sales growing at around 20% pa in the period 2005-2010, reaching the range US$900m to US$950m. Tight integration between Whale's e-Gap SSL VPN and Secoda's RuleSafe, provides an end-to-end solution for online management and enforcement of both awareness and acceptance of corporate policies. In practice what this means is that if companies so desire, they now have the ability to block remote users from accessing their applications and information remotely until these users have signalled understanding and acceptance of corporate policies and regulations. Workers can enjoy the benefits of efficient and secure remote access at the same time as knowing they are adhering to corporate security policies. The joint solution provides clear visibility of the current level of compliance within an organisation.

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