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Truck firm deploys flexible remote access

Cliff Saran

Truck and bus manufacturer Scania has deployed Secure Sockets Layer technology to provide secure remote access to applications for staff at sites in Brazil, France and Sweden.

The firm wanted to build a remote access system to offer secure access to e-mail, applications and its intranet. Scania needed to support multiple authentication methods and devices so they would integrate into its infrastructure.

By using an SSL virtual private network, rather than an IP VPN, the company avoided the need to deploy client software to connect to the VPN as access works on any device with a web browser.

Scania implemented Portwise Mid (mobile authentication) and Portwise mVPN Access Server (mobile secure access).

Portwise provides Scania staff with secure access from the internet to internal applications, regardless of time, location or device. The network can traverse firewalls, proxies and routers and offers a policy management component to configure access dependent on user identity, method of authentication or device.

Users can choose between tokens, a Java applet downloaded from the web, an installable client such as PocketPC, Windows or Linux or one-time passwords sent via SMS.

Bo Palmblad, global access manager at Scania, said, "The software does not require change to the IT environment, there is no installation on the client device and no end-user support."


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