Portal Setup for Survey - Best Practices

07-18-2018 11:17 AM
Occasional Contributor II

We have been using AGOL for all Survey123 data collection. We now have portal up and running with federated server. I can link to Portal from Survey Connect. What I am looking for is documentation on best practices or step-by-step guidelines on how to setup portal so that published surveys can be made available to users outside our network. Since Portal is contained within our firewall, how can I allow our field staff access, from say their mobile phone, without compromising security?

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Hi Adam 

You have 2 general approaches

1) You open up the portal to external access. This would mean opening up specific ports and potentially moving your portal instance outside of your firewall and into a DMZ. This requires planning and consideration in terms of security and the associated risks. 

2) You use a VPN solution (Virtual private network - Wikipedia ) to provide the user/device access to your internal network and therefore the portal.

Here is a general resource that covers the specifics of Portal Security.

About securing your portal—Portal for ArcGIS (10.6) | ArcGIS Enterprise 

This is a very comprehensive resource: 

Information Security - GIS Wiki | The GIS Encyclopedia 



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