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Secure remote access to a work environment
Halmstad University, School of Information Technology.
2021 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This project is about how free, open-source tools can create reasonable, secure and flexible remote access solutions for smaller companies with a limited budget. 

Secure remote access to a working environment is a solution for its time, as last year Covid-19 change the working environment for millions of employers and employees. The importance of secure remote access to a working environment became noticeable as offices closed down and employers started working from home. Still, the need for secure access to the company's infrastructure remains. This is where Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) enter the picture, as it has a broad application scope and is particularly useful for secure remote access.

My project was subdivided into three parts:

  • How to implement secure remote access to a working environment within the requirements of the chosen company, which are an inexpensive solution with high-security features. 
  • Automate the creation and distribution of all the necessary parts that their employees will need in a VPN structure.
  • Research about the future direction regarding VPN and the importance of cybersecurity to help ensure security preparedness for the company.

The chosen solution was OpenVPN and Google authenticator, together with a written bash script. It became a solution that was free, flexible, secure and scalable. But why the need and what about the future? 

Research shows that a high percentage of small and medium-sized enterprises are vulnerable to cyberattacks. It also shows that these companies have the lowest cybersecurity. "It wouldn't happen to us" is dangerous but, sadly, a typical mindset throughout the S&M companies. It's primarily because of this S&M's are more exposed than larger companies. The future of VPN's has become more important than ever before, and it's something that during Covid-19 has risen in use all over the world, the research and development of VPNs has accelerated. The research objectives of this project are of high interest to many other organizations in the same position, and the presented work has helped answer the question: "Where will we stand in a few years regarding secure remote work, cybersecurity andencrypted networks?"

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2021. , p. 54
Keywords [en]
secure remote-access, virtual private network servers, multi-factor authentication, encryption, cyber-threats, OpenVPN
National Category
Computer and Information Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-45124OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-45124DiVA, id: diva2:1574356
Subject / course
Digital Forensics
Educational program
IT Forensics and Information Security, 180 credits
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Available from: 2021-06-29 Created: 2021-06-28 Last updated: 2021-06-29Bibliographically approved

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