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MacBytes
Jul 5, 2004, 06:07 PM
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Link: iPods are security risk, warns analyst (http://www.macbytes.com/link.php?sid=20040705190737)
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Nermal
Jul 5, 2004, 06:21 PM
Yet another misleading headline. The article mentions that any portable storage device could be a security risk.

Stella
Jul 5, 2004, 06:29 PM
Another 'analyst' to state the obvious.

Companies who ban MP3 players, camera phones etc etc are going to piss off their employees.

In reality, not many employees are going to rip off their employers - that is, ppl who have professional jobs.. the threat is more likely to come employees who have low skilled jobs who generally, don't give a damn about the company they work for.

Category: News and Press Releases
Link: iPods are security risk, warns analyst (http://www.macbytes.com/link.php?sid=20040705190737)
Posted on MacBytes.com (http://www.macbytes.com)

Approved by Mudbug

nagromme
Jul 5, 2004, 11:17 PM
Right, the article's about compact storage in general! Like, say, CDs, USB flash drives, portable hard disks, etc. etc.

Configuring a system full of secret data so that external storage can't connect is an obvious good move. That's different from "banning" the use of devices that happen to have storage.

digitalturtle
Jul 6, 2004, 01:51 AM
Heck, I can cause just as much havok with a floppy and even more with a Linux LiveCD distro. I do agree about data theft issues though. Time to bring back the dumb terminal or set it up for kiosk mode.

DT

yamabushi
Jul 6, 2004, 04:40 AM
In a corporate environment it is basically impossible to completely lock down your computers from unauthorized access. You can restrict access to be sure but how much is that going to interfere with the productivity of your workers in the real world?

I have seen entire offices come to a grinding halt just because the IT guy locked away everything in cabinets. There was a problem with one critical computer that shut down printing and internet access for the whole department. Everyone had to wait five hours for the guy to show up since he was busy elsewhere. The troublesome computer worked fine two minutes later after a reboot and fixed the network problems. Too bad it was it time for everyone to go home.

Software restrictions can be even more trouble than that in some cases. I know of a major corporation that reimages all of the computers each night to a standard configuration. Unfortunately it is completely impossible for employees to get any work done without changing certain settings and installing extra software each morning.

gunnmjk
Jul 6, 2004, 06:00 AM
Companies should consider banning portable storage devices such as Apple's iPod from corporate networks as they can be used to introduce malware or steal corporate data, according to an analyst.

This line is used as an attention getter for the article. People know what iPods are. That is why it is misleading. If one was going to swap data off of an office computer, the best way would probably be a USB flash drive, which requires no installation of software. iPods on the other hand require iTunes to already be installed to use. If you work someplace that has security issues,and you are installing iTunes, your office already has a problem.

Gartner advises that companies should forbid the use of uncontrolled, privately owned devices with corporate PCs and adopt personal firewalls to limit what can be done on USB ports.

The problem is, most USB flash drives can fit in a pocket, briefcase, purse, without the need for plugs or wires. Good luck enforcing this.

billyboy
Jul 6, 2004, 07:48 AM
This line is used as an attention getter for the article. People know what iPods are. That is why it is misleading.

Oh to be famous. A headline like "Samsung XTEW234/984 mp3 player security risk" will only catch the attention of the 11 people who have one.