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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 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 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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