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On Wednesday 23 November 2005 21:29, Jeff Gercken wrote:
> I've been chewing on this idea for a while and am hoping someone on the
> list may help me with a concern.
> The notion is that big company B will distribute CDs to employees to use
> This seems fairly straightforward but then why isn't anyone doing this
> already? What haven't I considered?
sounds interesting (and i personally like this idea), but i think it is much
more easier/reliable (but also more expensive) for a company to equip their
employees with special pre-installed notebooks that have an encrypted
filesystem together with some kind of hardware-token for authentication.
The problem is, if you cannot trust the hardware you're booting the cd from,
then there is not much use in any well-designed security-boot-cd. Just think
of tampered hardware with some kind of hardware-keylogger installed (for
I think this is just one aspect why so many companies spend so much money in
expensive notebooks for their external workers: they have control over the
software _and_ the hardware.
Maybe the use of TPA-Architectures will solve this problem in the future
(*lol*), but i think this is completely another story :)
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