com (Peter da Silva) writes:
> > Just tell the employees that it is untolerable to hook up a modem without
> > authorization just like it would be untolerable to use company money for
> > personal purchases without authorization.
> And for the cases where they *do* have authorization?
> This doesn't solve the problem of supporting dial-out where there's a real
> business need.
If you need to support modems you've got a lot of decisions to make,
- Do you need Dial-in access?
- Do you need Dial-out access?
- Which services are needed?
- Which users need access?
- Can you possibly deny all users direct access to the modem server
(like if you just want to allow customers do download stuff)?
- Do the modems need to be hooked up to some user machine or can you
get away with a dedicated modem server under your immediate control?
- Do you have to place that modem server inside your trusted network or
can you put it inside your DMZ?
- How much money can you get for additional hardware, and what
hardware can you already use for this? (Getting a dial-out only PBX
and/or a drop-safe loghost for the modem server may depend on this.)
There are only two things you should stick to universally: Be as
paranoid as possible (as usual when dealing with fire) and make sure
that any user who gets access to the modems knows that he's petting a
very dangerous beast (which may be a hard bit of work). If possible,
make them sign some kind of acknowledgment.
Everything else depends on your specific requirements, so your
question can't be answered in a general way.
> (we simply run digital-only lines to offices unless there's a business need
> for a second analog line)
Not sure if we're talking about the same stuff, but at least in Europe
you can get ISDN cards for less than (the equivalent of) US$ 65.
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