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16 March 2020

F5 APM - Configuring Host Checking

Teleworking is used a lot these days due to Coronavirus. There are lots of companies that have configured SSL VPN services for employees to work from home. In fact, I worked a lot last week to configure a SSL VPN service where users can access to the office’s computer from home. It is a secure web portal where users log in with the corporate credentials and, once inside the web portal, there is a bookmark which is used to access to the office’s computer. I’ve configured LDAP Authentication, LDAP Query and SSO in this web portal.

However, security is really important. We don’t know if users’ computers, which are in their house, are compromised. Therefore, security measures should be applied in the SSL VPN. For instance, we only allow Windows computers which have an antivirus enabled as well as firewall enabled. Nevertheless, there are no security checks for Linux computers. There are many more security measures which can be applied for improving the security of SSL VPN services such as 2 Factor Authentication (2FA), checking updated antivirus, etc.

Regards my friends! Have you configured host checking in your SSL VPN?


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