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4 Infosec Resolutions For The New Year
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kbannan100
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12/30/2014 | 1:35:39 PM
What about VDI and DaaS?
What do you think about taking desktops out of the equation -- at least traditional ones? Users are constantly doing stupid things. (Or at least short-sighted things.) By switching people over to DaaS or VDI instead of a traditional desktop doesn't the security risk go down, too?

--KB
Karen J. Bannan, commenting on behalf of IDG and VMware.
RyanSepe
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RyanSepe,
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12/31/2014 | 12:40:30 PM
"Expedience at the expense of security"
"Expedience at the expense of security"

It is a common misconception that ease of use and security are contrasting ideals. Whenever a technology is implemented there is a planning phase regardless if security is even on the docket. Following an agile methodology would dictate that security be ingrained at the initial phases. An efficient organization versed in change management can attest to the implementation of security into a product or hardware implementation will not add an extensive amount of time to the endeavor and in fact in the long run could utilize more man hours as the referenced organizations are experiencing.


The 4 InfoSec resolutions are well founded. Those without a knowledge of history are doomed to repeat it and it seems that enterprise infrastructure is not experiencing the required changes quick enough.
RyanSepe
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RyanSepe,
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12/31/2014 | 12:44:42 PM
Re: What about VDI and DaaS?
@kbannan100. The security risk would decrease under those configurations but would not eliminate it. Snapshot methodology can help against malware from a desktop perspective but there are still logical instances and can be infiltrated because they have factors a physical infrasture would have such as IP address and the way the OS handles data transit is similar. This is because virtual infrastructure was designed to minimize the physical aspect and cut costs so it was modeled closely after. However, there have been break throughs with these configurations that do vastly increase security posture. Such as what I referenced above, physical access control(eliminated), etc.
Marilyn Cohodas
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Marilyn Cohodas,
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1/5/2015 | 3:42:28 PM
Malware: Everything old is new again -- the human factor
I wonder what the critical mass in user education needs to be to shift the balance in favor in favor of the security professionals versus the cybercriminals. Are we making any progress in this area?
RyanSepe
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RyanSepe,
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1/6/2015 | 9:01:10 AM
Re: Malware: Everything old is new again -- the human factor
Thats a very difficult topic to theorize. It seems that user security education is rearing its head across the enterprise level, which I think is due to employee negligence being one of the largest causes of an event, in the form of security awareness training. But security awareness training is not prevalent at the academic level unless your have a track of computer related academics. Which is not completely comprehensive to say the least. At the everyday technology user level security features are merely an option and not mandated. I think to truly have everyone realize the importance of security, hardened systems and best practices need to become the baseline. Most people will choose the easiest method of performing something if they have never been exploited before because the danger has not yet become real for them. This last comment is directed at device configuration. I think the only way to reach everyone as to why security is so important is to make their devices mirror these principles.
Marilyn Cohodas
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Marilyn Cohodas,
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1/6/2015 | 9:06:25 AM
Re: Malware: Everything old is new again -- the human factor
Totally agree with you @Ryan that hardening humans is really the essential problem. And the enterprise is only one part of the solution. Schools, banking, entertainment, retail all have a stake in educating the public about basic cyber hygiene. But I don't see a groundswell of support for such a comprehensive initiative....
LysaMyers
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1/6/2015 | 6:23:19 PM
Re: What about VDI and DaaS?
@kbannan100 - Virtual/snapshot-style desktops can be a great boon for security, but cloud-based implementations may not work for all organizations. Beyond that, many breaches happen due to lost credentials or files, especially on mobile devices/laptops. Every different configuration has its own level of risk, and I don't think we should abandon any well-worn technology entirely, in favor of newer or less-tested technologies. 
LysaMyers
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LysaMyers,
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1/6/2015 | 6:29:07 PM
Re: "Expedience at the expense of security"
@RyanSepe - Thank you!

Expedience, in this case, is not necessarily the same as ease of use. It's a combination of expertise, effectiveness, and expense, with an element of ease of use. Finding all 4 of those things is not necessarily easy, you kind of have to put some effort into finding them. If you don't make the effort, you may be taking the easy route in the short term, but you're likely to pay for it in the end. 
LysaMyers
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1/6/2015 | 6:33:24 PM
Re: Malware: Everything old is new again -- the human factor
@Marilyn Cohodas - Consider where we were in terms of safety 20 years after cars became a common phenomenon. These things take time, especially when there are few people who adequately understand the technology. I don't expect a sea change any time soon, but I see a hunger in the general populace for better information, which it is our obligation (as people who know what's up, and can communicate well) to fill.


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