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Missing Mobile is Like Watching the Puck Fly By standard

Thanks to Andrew Hay for a retweet that I happened upon last night! Keli at Bluebox Security did a post entitled PCI DSS Ignoring Mobile Security is Irresponsible that discusses some of the implications of the Council’s lack of guidance and standards around this emerged (it was emerging five years ago) technology. While many security professionals agree that leaving mobile problems alone to fester is irresponsible and doesn’t do any service to the merchant implementing it, I wanted to take a slightly different take. To me, a better metaphor describing the situation is someone holding on to their VHS player because they might find that one tape of Dirty Dancing they bought twenty-five years ago. Everyone loves that scene where ...

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How Desktop as a Service (DaaS) can Benefit You standard

Among all the fancy “as a service” cloud acronyms, one that is particularly interesting to me is the Desktop as a Service (DaaS). It seems like most information workers have a personal device and internet connection for their intertube browsing needs—many of those personal devices easily outperforming their corporate issued bretheren. So why do corporations insist on issuing laptops to road warriors when many of us end up carrying multiple devices (even if one of those is an iPad)? One big reason why I see this being an issue is support. IT support centers cannot be expected to efficiently troubleshoot problems on machines where they are unfamiliar with the build (i.e., non-standard builds or non-gold builds). Anyone out there who ...

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