East Ayrshire Council has deployed Excitor G/On for Council employees to enable secure access to business applications from their home PCs.
Alastair Burgess, Business Support Analyst at East Ayrshire Council explains the solution. He said: “Like many councils, East Ayrshire is under increasing pressure to provide staff and shared services partners with secure access to ICT systems, whilst still meeting government obligations around security. Providing fully managed devices to all users represents a high cost to us and we were keen to look at low cost alternatives, including support of personal mobile devices and home PCs. Excitor G/On, deployed in accordance to CESG’s published end user platform guidance, gives us the ability to support home and remote working in a secure fashion with minimal overheads for implementation and ongoing maintenance.
“We have been working successfully with Excitor for a number of years using their mobile solution DME, and we were able to implement G/On extremely quickly. We are now investigating a number of areas where G/On could benefit the Council with potential deployments within IT, social care, external contractors, shared services partners and for Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity. We simply provide users with an Excitor G/On USB stick which they insert into their home PC, boot into a secure OS and establish a secure connection to their remote desktop or business applications.“
Deployed within a number of local authorities across the UK, Excitor G/On gives employees secure remote access to Citrix, Terminal Services, Remote Desktop and web based applications without the overhead of managing a VPN and the many network infrastructure products required to secure a traditional OS.
In contrast to many VPN based systems, Excitor G/On prevents data loss and risks from Malware on the home PC by disabling the local hard disk whilst also isolating the home PC from the company network. CESG end user platform guidance on Excitor G/On for working at OFFICIAL on personally owned PCs and company provided equipment is available at www.gov.uk
Ian Aston, ICT Security Manager at East Ayrshire Council said: “G/On, like the DME mobile solution we already use, just runs in the background. Some employees have found it quicker and easier to log into their IT systems through G/On than they would do using traditional systems with a managed device.
“In the past, our remote access solutions have often been limited to support specific OS and browser versions. G/On has enabled us to support both Windows and Mac PCs without these restrictions.”
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