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United States: U.S. Department of Homeland Security Deploys Route 1′s Secure Teleworking Solution

28 April 2009 5,359 views No Comment

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There continues to be strong growth and interest in telework. Late last month, bills were introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate aimed at increasing the numbers of home-based federal employees. This legislation, if passed, would bolster Government Accountability Office (GAO) mandates for teleworking, continuity of operations planning (COOP), and for other disaster preparedness programs.

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Yet there have been concerns raised about data security in mobile and telework environments. There have been embarrassing published reports of customer and corporate information lost or stolen on missing laptops. There is leeriness in many organizations about entrusting staff that are out of the sight from managers with valuable documentation. Acknowledging this critical issue the bills would, if they became law, require agencies to have teleworking tools that are simple to implement, easy to use, cost effective, and very secure: as if the employees had never left their offices.

There are proven solutions in the market to address these needs. And one of these, Route 1 s MobiNET, a hosted anytime/anywhere identity management/service delivery platform is being deployed at one of the most security-conscious customers there is: the United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP), a part of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

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CBP is using DEFIMNET, a version of MobiNET that is designed specifically for defense requirements to provide up to 95,000 DHS workers with teleworking capabilities. DEFIMNET, says Route 1, resides within all levels of classified and unclassified networks. Together with other defense network systems, DEFIMNET is sanctioned for use by governments and military units to command and control information confidentiality, integrity, and availability.

Connecting DEFIMNET and MobiNET to authorized users is Route1′s MobiKEY. This is a USB token that connects users to their desktop data, applications, network resources, and Web content from any Internet-enabled computer. Users insert Route1 MobiKEYs into Window-based computers with Internet access and they instantly establish secure connections to access all of their files and digital resources. Multiple computers can be established as hosts to be accessed from any other guest computer.

The deployment also includes Route1′s TruOFFICE subscription-based service also addresses the federal agency s requirement to accommodate teleworkers while protecting DHS digital resources from outside of the government s network. Unlike VPN-based connections, the TruOFFICE service does not transfer files outside of corporate firewalls and does not store any data on the MobiKEY device, leaving the remote computers clean, secure and without footprints of the work sessions.

The program, announced in October 2008, is for three years, and is being delivered through Route1 s reseller partner, Qwest (News – Alert) Government Services.

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