Virtual Private Network Policy

1. Overview

See Purpose.

2. Purpose

The purpose of this policy is to provide guidelines for Remote Access IPSec or L2TP Virtual Private Network (VPN) connections to the eCuras corporate network.

3. Scope

This policy applies to all eCuras employees, contractors, consultants, temporaries, and other workers, including all personnel affiliated with third parties utilizing VPNs to access the eCuras network. This policy applies to implementations of VPN that are directed through an IPSec Concentrator.

4. Policy

Approved eCuras employees and authorized third parties (customers, vendors, etc.) may utilize the benefits of VPNs, which are a “user-managed” service. This means that the user is responsible for selecting an Internet Service Provider (ISP), coordinating installation, installing any required software, and paying associated fees. Further details may be found in the Remote Access Policy.

Additionally,

  1. It is the responsibility of employees with VPN privileges to ensure that unauthorized users are not allowed access to eCuras internal networks.
  2. VPN use is controlled using either a one-time password authentication such as a token device or a public/private key system with a strong passphrase.
  3. When actively connected to the corporate network, VPNs will force all traffic to and from the PC over the VPN tunnel: all other traffic will be dropped.
  4. Dual (split) tunneling is NOT permitted; only one network connection is allowed.
  5. VPN gateways will be set up and managed by eCuras network operational groups.
  6. All computers connected to eCuras internal networks via VPN or any other technology must use the most up-to-date anti-virus software that is the corporate standard (provide URL to this software); this includes personal computers.
  7. VPN users will be automatically disconnected from eCuras’s network after thirty minutes of inactivity. The user must then login again to reconnect to the network. Pings or other artificial network processes are not to be used to keep the connection open.
  8. The VPN concentrator is limited to an absolute connection time of 24 hours.
  9. Users of computers that are not eCuras-owned equipment must configure the equipment to comply with eCuras’s VPN and Network policies.
  10. Only Infosec-approved VPN clients may be used.
  11. By using VPN technology with personal equipment, users must understand that their machines are a de facto extension of eCuras’s network, and as such are subject to the same rules and regulations that apply to eCuras-owned equipment, i.e., their machines must be configured to comply with Infosec’s Security Policies.

5. Policy Compliance

5.1  Compliance Measurement

The Infosec team will verify compliance with this policy through various methods, including but not limited to periodic walk-thrus, video monitoring, business tool reports, internal and external audits, and feedback to the policy owner.

5.2  Exceptions

The Infosec Team must approve any exception to the policy in advance.

5.3  Non-Compliance

An employee found to have violated this policy may be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment.

6. Related Standards, Policies, and Processes

Table of Content

  1. Acceptable Encryption Policy
  2. Acceptable Use Policy
  3. Clean Desc Policy
  4. Data Breach Response Policy
  5. Disaster Recovery Plan Policy
  6. Digital Signature Acceptance Policy
  7. Email Policy
  8. Ethics Policy
  9. Pandemic Response Planning Policy
  10. Password Construction Guidelines
  11. Password Protection Policy
  12. Security Response Plan Policy
  13. End User Encryption Key Protection Policy
  14. Acquisition Assessment Policy
  15. Bluetooth Baseline Requirements Policy
  16. Remote Access Policy
  17. Remote Access Tools Policy
  18. Router and Switch Security Policy
  19. Wireless Communication Policy
  20. Wireless Communication Standard
  21. Database Credentials Policy
  22. Technology Equipment Disposal Policy
  23. Information Logging Standard
  24. Lab Security Policy
  25. Server Security Policy 
  26. Software Installation Policy
  27. Workstation Security (For HIPAA) Policy
  28. Web Application Security Policy
  29.  Analog/ISDN Line Security Policy
  30. Anti-Virus Guidelines
  31. Server Audit Policy
  32. Automatically Forwarded Email Policy
  33. Communications Equipment Policy
  34. Dial In Access Policy
  35. Extranet Policy
  36. Internet DMZ Equipment Policy
  37. Internet Usage Policy
  38. Mobile Device Encryption Policy
  39. Personal Communication Devices and Voicemail Policy
  40. Removable Media Policy
  41. Risk Assessment Policy
  42. Server Malware Protection Policy
  43. Social Engineering Awareness Policy
  44. DMZ Lab Security Policy
  45. Email Retention Policy
  46. Employee Internet Use Monitoring and Filtering Policy
  47. Lab Anti Virus Policy
  48. Mobile Employee Endpoint Responsibility Policy
  49. Remote Access Mobile Computing Storage
  50. Virtual Private Network Policy