Chapter 3 Exercise 30

30. The manager of Rolling Thunder Bicycles wants to access the database from home. Describe some options of how this could be done. What potential problems might arise?

Security is the biggest issue. You can use VPN to create a secure/encrypted connection. But, who has access to the home machine? What happens when a virus gets loaded onto the home machine—does that release the virus onto the corporate machines? If the manager simply wants to see reports, a safer, more efficient solution is to setup a Web-based data server and have the manager use a simple browser SSL connection to retrieve data.