Work beyond firewall, CIOs urged


Work beyond firewall, CIOs urged

Cliff Saran

IT directors looking to increase productivity and security should avoid locking desktop PCs behind the corporate firewall, a working group from CSC's business and IT strategy organisation the Leading Edge Forum has recommended.

The working group, whose members include DuPont, BP, Lloyds TSB, GlaxoSmithKline, Dow, Eli Lilly and Philips, said companies would increasingly move users outside the firewall and connect them directly to the public internet to improve options for innovation. The use of deperimeterised security in this environment would also improve the overall security of company systems.

"Companies should not lock down desktops behind the company firewall. If your employees live ­behind the corporate firewall, they will be cut off from the cap­abilities on the web. They will have only expensive, restricted-bandwidth network access," said the working group's report.

Author of the report, Douglas Neal, said, "Business pressures will drive firms to 'live on the web', well outside of their traditional firewalls."

The study recommended that companies avoid treating their employees or customers as a single, homogenous segment. Instead, it said organisations should give staff and customers greater responsibility to create business value.

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