Monday, May 14, 2012

Security problems for companies allowing BYOD

Infosec Island has a posting by Ashley Furness about  a now overlooked topic – the risks incurred when people use their own computers or gear (mobile devices) for work, link here. The practice is called "BYOD", or "bring your own device".  

In the 1990s, it had become common for support employees to dial in to mainframes from home desktops (in those days, often machines like PS-1’s) through Procomm or similar software to do night-cycle production support.  In the late 90s, companies started offering employees laptops to take home, but some people, myself included, for various reasons, preferred to use our own machines in our own homes.

Companies in the mainframe world were also sensitive about the format of reel tapes.  Some installations did not allow unlabeled tapes or BLP processing, which for some reason was seen as a security threat in the early 90s. 

The more things change, the more they stay the same. 

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