accessing exchange email securely
Hi All, I'm in a bit of a bind. I work for a company that takes IT Security very seriously. They currently only support blackberry via BES for email. I am a remote worker, so 24x7 I am accessing my corporate email via VPN on my laptop or via my phone (formerly bberry). Because of our rigid security requirements they will not allow inbound IMAP connections into the network. And in a perfect world they would demand the ability to remote wipe our handhelds.
For the past 30 days we have been evaluating the goodlink enterprise server and I have been lucky enough to be on that eval. Generally speaking I thought that the experience was excellent, but unfortunately there is not enough critical mass of android/iphone users to get them to buy the goodlink server at the current price they received (note: I did some digging, and found that their were quoted LIST price with no discounts. If anyone on here is a goodlink reseller please PM me and let's make a deal).
OK, so considering all of that, my only available option is to access my email via outlook web access, which still requires multi-step authentications through an SSLVPN gateway. And the experience kinda sucks, a lot.
In the near future I'll be able to use an android VPN software client to access the network which would in theory allow me access to the exchange server as though I am on the network (just as my laptop), which is how a few iPhone users are doing it today. But the required software is in a long beta phase and I am not that patient. This solution sounds nice on paper, but in reality, there are some functional issues such as if I initiate a VPN from my droid it will kill the VPN connection on my laptop since we only permit a single tunnel per user. Also, in theory, while I'm trying to conserve battery strength I have juice defender killing my 3G connection when the screen is not in use, and this in turn would kill my VPN connection. That would require me to re-authenticate every time I want to check my mail and we do not permit the storing of credentials within the VPN client.
So my question to the group is what other options do I have? Can anyone offer me other routes to getting my exchange mail onto my droid 2?