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I maintain the network at a local school that uses a symantec gateway security appliance for content filturing and firewall. The need has now arisen to have a web server to allow parents and student to access certain files and reports. Ive gone through the recommended setup from symantec at http://service1.symantec.com/SUPPORT/ent-gate.nsf/docid/2007458672463998 and cannot get anything more than the gateways generic 403 error. Can anyone help with this? basically in a nutshell what i want to do is allow access when the outside ip address is accessed to the webserver which is on a private ip inside the network. ive tried all kinds of forwarding and everything else i can think of. Please help!

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This is a very bad idea from a security standpoint.
By poking a hole in your firewall you are going to allow a lot more than parents to access the student's data. Once you do that I know that I could access every single computer on the internal network. Trust me, I work in IT security.

I am sure if you tell the parents that accessing the reports will endanger their children they will re-evaluate there needs.

Find a dedicated IT security professional and work with them to find a safe way for parents to get this data. For example, an automated email list that will send reports to parents is a much safer solution. Another method is to utilize a DMZ.

I am sorry to be the one to say this it but if you are coming to FixYa.com for security solutions you are way out of your league.

If I found a hole like this in my kid's school network I would sue the school!

Posted on Aug 17, 2009

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