Microsoft DirectAccess for Government

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Government and public sector organizations are under continued pressure to improve operational efficiency with a limited budget. Their data is highly sensitive and as such is prone to theft, loss, or misuse. Furthermore, the type of data is diverse, from central policy documents to the personal records of members of the community. This complexity is compounded by the need for these organizations to share data with a broad range of people such as members of the public, employees, contractors and other third party agencies. Handling such diverse data records and managing so many digital identities can be a huge task. Below are the specific IT issues that need to be addressed, in the government organizations.

IT Issues faced by Government / Public Sector

  • Embracing mobility while maintaining the security of the network
  • Complying with regulations for data handling
  • Delivering an improved, simple and consistent remote access experience for workers
  • Providing inter-agency collaboration while safeguarding sensitive data from exposure
  • Controlling access to restricted network zones
  • Leveraging the cloud for scalability, flexibility, and reducing cost with full regulatory compliance

Transformational government initiatives are driving an increase in mobile and remote working as the need to cut costs and re-purpose real estate results in a push to find new ways for staff to work. The emergence of highly portable tablet devices has helped government organizations to resolve many problems related to mobility. Microsoft DirectAccess is not only the natural solution to these issues, but it also provides greater transparency and increased mobility, unparalleled user experience and tighter security.

What is DirectAccess?

DirectAccess, also known as Unified Remote Access, is a VPN-like technology that provides intranet connectivity to client computers when they are connected to the Internet. DirectAccess provides seamless, transparent, always-on, and bi-directional secure remote access. Remote users experience full network access as though they are sitting in a corporate office, resulting in greater productivity and reduced helpdesk calls/tickets.

Celestix Edge DirectAccess

Celestix is the only company that offers a performance-tuned, turn-key Microsoft DirectAccess solution – Celestix Edge, with advanced features like proprietary web-based management console, interactive drill-down reporting, streamlined client troubleshooting, and management, which are not available on the Microsoft Server platform. Access to data and resources is provided only from domain joined devices which are maintained in accordance with security policy.

  • DirectAccess and IPsec VPN is CPA certified by CESG (UK government certification)
  • DirectAccess complies with PSN guidelines for mobile working

Advantages of Celestix Edge DirectAccess for Government / Public sector

Celestix Edge is everything you want, in one physical (E series) or virtual (VE series) appliance. You can finally have a worry-free, turnkey and a secure experience with the lowest total cost of ownership, and an installation in under 1 hour.

To provide support for non-managed clients, the Celestix Edge platform also includes traditional VPN access using protocols such as IKEv2, SSTP and L2TP/IPsec. Supported VPN clients are available natively in Windows and most other desktop and mobile operating systems. Below are some very specific areas where using DirectAccess is highly beneficial:

1. Field inspection

Increased efficiency and productivity

Collecting data in the field is a complex process resulting into duplication of efforts when employees have to return to the office to re-enter information. Enabling employees with remote access via DirectAccess to input and access information and all required applications from the field builds productivity and efficiency.

Enhanced security and flexibility

When employees are entering information on paper or transporting data across systems, serious security concerns arise. To prevent security violations, support your mobile agents with uncompromised security in the cloud. Celestix supports cloud-first and G-Cloud cloud-computing initiatives in US and UK respectively by providing secure access between private and public clouds, or multiple cloud providers. Celestix Edge helps establish a secure connection between on-premises and cloud infrastructure.

Reduced costs and higher transparency

When you have a secure, single platform for deploying and managing all devices across your diverse environment, you can get dramatic savings and make your data highly transparent and accessible to the parties you want.

2. Public safety & law enforcement

Mobility and security are top priorities for public safety and justice leaders. DirectAccess can enable first responders, and law enforcement and justice officials to complete crucial missions at any time, any place, with a corporate device.

Intelligence-led policing

DirectAccess provides ability to access tools from Windows-powered devices such as Surface, police and first responders can gather information, collaborate, and communicate in real time.

Enhanced decision making

With Windows-powered devices such as Surface and DirectAccess, agencies can provide their personnel in the field with anytime access to real-time data. This enhances decision making for better service and operational efficiencies.

Faster investigations and case management

Access to real-time data, and virtually anywhere connectivity, speed the investigation process by providing personnel in the field with access to all their files and systems. Windows 7, 8x, and 10 Enterprise editions are DirectAccess ready.

Celestix Edge DirectAccess Vs. other VPN solutions


F5 Big-IP Edge (VPN)

Cisco AnyConnect (VPN)

Celestix Edge E & VE Series (DirectAccess)

SSL encrypted access
Ipsec encrypted access✔ Double encryption
Proximity based access selectionTransparent
Manipulate Windows proxy settings
Windows pre-logon connectionNot needed, logon always through domain
Multifactor authentication
Trusted network detection✔ Network location server
DNS registration
Tunneling methodSplit include & split excludeSplit include & split excludeSplit tunnel, Force Tunnel & Managed tunnel
Partial tunnel at boot
Lock client settingsLock full applicationLock setting individuallyLock setting individually

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“Many of our staff spend considerable amount of time working in the Tropics. The ability to connect to centrally hosted resources is vital for us. As part of our transition to Windows 8.1, we were keen to use Direct Access to provide users with a trouble-free connection. Celestix Edge provided everything we needed and the support was excellent.”
                                                            – Eric Healing, Director of IT Services, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK

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