I come from a Database and Application development background so networks aren't my expertise.
I am considering setting up a server for my company. We are a 'distributed' company. We work from home and the only centralised data we currently have is our emails with our ISP.
What I want:
I want to set up a server in my home office which has the following apps:
Email (probably Exchange)
Some kind of groupware eg Sharepoint
Some kind of knowledge base/file sharing system
A bunch of demo web apps
The idea is that we can have a private business area for our employees as well as a pubilc client area where we show off demos.
What I have:
I have broadband at home which passes through a Wireless Netgear router (with non-functioning wireless but that is another story)
I currently have the router at default settings.... block all incoming ports except for the usual filesharing ones.
What I want to know
I don't know enough about security. Is there a way to put some kind of digital certificate on each authorised laptop and thereby restrict access to business functions etc. How does that work?
Can I get some kind of certificate server or something.
At some sites I've used Check Point, is that more secure or something?
Also any info on Service Providers and Linux as alternatives are appreciated.
Thanks for your help.