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Secure Remote Access

When state employees are away from their normal work area or office, they might need to work with state files or applications to do their work. Since the work involves state information, it should be treated as sensitive information. Therefore, the Internet connection between the employee's computer and the state's network must be secure.

The State of Idaho virtual private network (VPN) service provides state employees with a way to connect securely to the state's network. This VPN service enables a private data network connection that makes use of the public telecommunications infrastructure, maintaining privacy through the use of a tunneling protocol and security procedures. Using our VPN involves maintaining privacy through the use of authorization, authentication, and encryption controls that encrypt data before sending it through the public network and decrypting it at the receiving end.

VPN connections are considered to be less trusted than dedicated, private connections. Therefore, the state's VPN policy must be followed in order to meet the security requirements for VPN connections to the state's network. This policy is provided to all employees who request state VPN access.

Virtual Private Networking Clients

We support over 800 users from various agencies using IPSec and SSL VPN software and hardware for secure access to the state and agency networks. This is accomplished through a Check Point® VPN-1 SecuRemote® and VPN-1 SecureClient™ configuration, using two-factor authentication tokens. We also:

  • establish and document VPN configurations.
  • configure, provision, support, and troubleshoot individual accounts.
  • develop and provide training to all VPN users.

Documents

VPN Connectivity and Management Policy