Jul 12

Using Your iPad at work

Increasingly, more and more people are taking their personal iPads to work. The other day I asked a friend who was using his iPad for work about his company’s take on that.

All he could tell me was that his IT department had install some antimalware program on his device. I asked him what would happen if the tablet got lost, he did not know.

Next time we met he told me he was no longer using his iPad for work. Why?

Well, as I suspected, they had install a program that would nuke the iPad after a number of failed passwords, or in the event it got lost, and they had not properly explained that to my friend. Mi friend has children who can easily miss the password a number of times!

Nuking devices is an almost a standard approach by IT departments, so be sure you understand what you are getting into before you happily start taking your iPad to work.

Aug 11

Digital forensics are necessary but …

Anderson, Brandon. Crime Scene Tape. 2006. Web. 19 Aug. 2011. <http://www.flickr.com/photos/nullvalue/4188517246/in/photostream/>.Most of my clients are small companies, from 1 to 20 employees. They, like almost everybody have issues with malware, at least 40% of my work involves cleaning infected computers. What do I normally do when I find infected computers? I clean them up, I check the rest of the computers, and … and that’s it.

Would I like to do more? Yes. Do they want to? May be, how much? Oh, no thanks. I’ve been working for 10 years in the IT field and I see this happening all the time. Small companies just don’t have the money do do Digital Forensics after their systems have been compromised.

In reality, I don’t expect that, but what surprises me is that even big companies tend to react in the same way. Just a quarter of them conduct forensics after a data breach, and only half of them do anything at all to correct the problem.

Companies have to balance security an budget, and sometimes they just can’t afford to do more, in this economy this must be happening a lot.

Moscaritolo, Angela. "Forensic Intel." SC Magazine Aug. 2011: 28+. Print.