Calyptix Security Corporation, maker of the AccessEnforcer® UTM Firewall, today announced the release of AccessEnforcer 5.0 Beta at CompTIA ChannelCon Online which adds GatekeeperTM and Geo-Fence, innovative new features for small business to secure remote access to potentially vulnerable systems and provide a work from home solution that is secure, easy, affordable and reliable.
Gatekeeper, a patent-pending solution, provides 2 factors authenticated access control (2FA) before remote users can access systems via Microsoft Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) or SSH. This tool ensures organizations don’t expose vulnerable systems to the public Internet. Gatekeeper shields systems from unauthorized users, stolen Active Directory credentials, probes, scans, botnets, brute force, and targeted attacks. Gatekeeper provides security controls to safeguard against cyberthreats that increasingly threaten remote access as confirmed by the FBI, NSA, and DHS. Advantages of Gatekeeper include:
- Implement two-factor network authentication for user access.
- Eliminates publicly exposed network ports for RDP or SSH access.
- Leverages widely available RDP clients for Windows, iOS, Android, and other devices.
- Avoids installation, maintenance, or overhead of VPN client software.
- Provides simple user management via Active Directory integration.
- Generates detailed access control logs for monitoring and compliance.
- Includes automatic updates with the Calyptix subscription service.
Geo-Fence, the second major enhancement, shields networks in only a few clicks from inbound malicious foreign actors engaged in hostile reconnaissance and attacks on network and information systems. Geo-Fence can be customized to fit any organization and provides a highly intuitive, interactive heat map for optimizing configuration. Geo-Fence generates detailed alerts for monitoring, troubleshooting, and tightening the configuration.
“Our mission remains to harden small business networks to make it harder for malicious cyber actors to attack. Gatekeeper and Geo-Fence keep cyber criminals out and let our customers get the remote access they need. If it’s not secure, easy, and affordable, it won’t work for small business,” said Ben Yarbrough, CEO, Calyptix Security.
Remote Access Faces Increasing Cyberthreats
Attacks on Microsoft’s Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) continue to surge while vulnerabilities and poor configuration practices persist. Ongoing series of alerts from the FBI, NSA, and U.S. Homeland Security (DHS) continues to warn that malicious cyber actors are exploiting teleworking infrastructure. Attacks on remote access tools are rising rapidly as teleworking surges with the Covid-19 pandemic. The DHS alert shares a recent analysis that exposed RDP endpoints that have increased by 127%. Experts at Shodan estimate millions of RDP systems are publicly exposed and many of them are vulnerable. The DHS alert confirms, “The increase in RDP use could potentially make IT systems—without the right security measures in place—more vulnerable to attack.”
Visit CompTIA ChannelCon Online and join Calyptix at the Solutions Showcase to see a demo and learn more about Gatekeeper and Geo-Fence. For a full list of new features and improvements in AccessEnforcer Version 5.0 Beta, or to see a live demo of the interface