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12/27/2016 | 7:30:12 PM
RAM is the New(ish) HD
Considering you can run an entire OS from RAM (and other forms of memory/cache) these days, of course memory is the new hard drive.  The idea of dropping malicious code into memory on a system that doesn't shut down or reboot for extended periods of time, and is connected to a larger and important network is an ideal position to be in.

Consider that idea of running an OS in memory.  Imagine cloning a system into memory and then diverting all interfacing data of the parent system through your OS.  Acting as that parent system on a sweet network, much as InfoSec teams might deploy a honeypot to lure hackers in, you can deploy a similar system to lure in real users with critical data you need.  

The point is, memory isn't only for malware/non-malware and InfoSec is going to have to be much more elaborate in their tools to keep all layers of the computing environment clean, from cache, memory and hard drive to hardware ports and network switches. 


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