Following is a recommended set of criteria that should be met to safely and securely deploy the appliance monitor. It is strongly recommended that these requirements are met.
In the appliance BUI, create a separate user account specifically for use with the appliance monitor. Like any other user, the appliance monitor requires a user account to gain access to the appliance. The account is created on the appliance itself. Likewise, all permissions (promotions/demotions) and privileges are administered on the appliance. Use the guidelines for least privileges discussed in the Configuring and Using Access Control when creating and delegating privileges to users.
When choosing a password for the user account accessed by the appliance monitor, pick a string of at least eight characters. Longer passwords introduce a greater number of possibilities, making it harder to guess with each additional character. Also of importance, is the complexity of the password. To introduce a higher level of complexity, the password should contain characters from each of the following categories:
Lowercase alpha: a-z
Uppercase alpha: A-Z
Special characters (for example, * & ^ % $ # @ !)
Do not repeat any characters or use passwords that represent names of people, places, things, or events.
Similar to the account password on the appliance, select a passcode for the mobile device that does not contain duplicate number or characters. Similarly, do not use a password that is representative of anything well known.
Because the appliance is an enterprise class NAS appliance, it typically is deployed (although not always) in a private network environment. When accessing the appliance, under no circumstances is it recommended to enable port forwarding or introduce any additional mechanism that will allow external, unintended traffic into the private network. The appliance monitor should access an appliance directly on the same network, or remotely, by using a secure VPN client approved by the company maintaining the appliances and the networks on which they reside.