No, i work at Cisco.. i'm pretty sure they know what they are doing.
Everything has to happen via VPN.
Same thing here. Only way to access the email servers is to connect from within the work's network (so either via my work desktop, a VPN, or webmail). Tried to get it on my Droid but they do not allow mobile connections, other than company issued blackberry's.
I'm going to go out on a limb here and guess you've never worked at a large corporation. Security != paranoia.Or are they totally paranoid about any external link?