Category: Information Security

Hubble, Bubble, Tablet & Trouble

Take one laptop, add a pinch of tablet (any flavour), smart phone and wearable, and simmer gently adding liberal sprinkle of home device as required. Serve on a bed of self-regulation, et voila; Trouble is served!

And so begins the normal route to what some would call a mobile strategy. Except this isn’t anything of the sort. It isn’t a strategy but rather a hotch-potch of technologies loosely cobbled together with no concept of the complete picture, nor what is actually being achieved.

Most modern enterprises have a need for varying numbers of their staff to be mobile. Presenting to clients, travelling to different offices, working from home, working on the move, as part of a flexible working program, present in a meeting room, working in a common space in the office or taking notes at a conference. The truism that ‘work is something we do, not someplace we go’ has never been more relevant.

There are many enablers for this trend, but the main one is that we are all being asked to do more, in the same amount of time, with a broader group of people, and with the traditional millstone of ‘place’ gradually being cut free.

Data

Secure your backup systems!

This post first appeared at InfoSec Institute 6/2011. All seemed well with backup operations at my company, until I got a visit from an operations center engineer.  The lock already hanging open, he was holding one of the “secure” transports that our off-site...

Big Data Under Attack

Once again, everybody is talking about China. On Feb. 19, Mandiant, an American security company issued a startling report — the result of a six-year investigation — that makes the claim that the United Sates is in a cyber war with a 12-story building in Shanghai. The private security analyst concluded that the building is home of China’s stealth cyber war division, the People’s Liberation Army Unit 61398.