An Open Door

Wednesday I was talking to a team of leaders about security in the enterprise and basically charged them to be involved and thinking about protecting our IP. Security is personal, right?  One of the slides I used talked about the need to physically secure your endpoints (smartphones, laptop, ipads, etc.).

That night I went to dinner with friends and returned to my hotel room to find my door unlocked and open with the door security bar blocking its closing.  The lights were out.


I was not amused. Housekeeping had returned some laundry to my room and failed to properly close the door. Fortunately nothing was missing and that includes my laptop and iPad.

The point of all this is that you can do all the right things and you can still fall victom to carelessness through no fault of your own. And you must prepare for just that kind of problem too.

You can’t foresee every possible problem, but you can always keep taking steps to protect yourself and your enterprise. In my case I had locked up my laptop and iPad before leaving the room and they were out of sight.

I just thought it was ironic that I’m talking about physical security of endpoints before lunch and then experiencing it directly after dinner.

3 thoughts on “An Open Door”

  1. Hi Mark,

    Drummond Reed published a post about how having stuff in the cloud has saved him from complete digital devastation after his laptop and iPad were stolen from his rental car outside a San Francisco restaurant.

    I think the possibility of having a personal computing device stolen is very real. My strategy is to own the lowest cost device (e.g. a Chromebook) and store all the data in the cloud. I use the Ubuntu Cloud and Google Docs. Google’s cloud is good for certain content type, for everything else I use Ubuntu One.


    1. Pretty good strategy. The only flaw is how much content do you want to take with you and what kind of network access you might have when traveling. Sometimes you want to carry more (movies) and sometimes you can’t get a good/safe network connection. Both can hamper a pure cloud play.

      1. Offline and intermittent internet connectivity are definitely a challenge in the pure cloud play. I think this is where HTML 5 Offline Cache and Background Pages will help. These two combined can provide access to user’s data while offline or during intermittent connectivity. The real challenge for webapps will be to intelligently determine how much cloud data to bring down to the Offline Cache. Caching everything from the user’s cloud apps to the local device doesn’t make sense. It defeats the purpose of storing the data in the cloud. Maybe a combination of user selection and some intelligence in the app will be needed to determine what to cache locally. Overtime, I think HTML 5 Offline Cache will also allow movies to be cached locally. The user would be able to select movies that he / she would like to watch, and Background Pages will pull down the movie overtime for later viewing by the user.

        Both Google and Mozilla Foundation are putting in lot of resources to make the HTML 5 webapps work offline seamlessly. Being able to work while offline is key to their “Nothing but the web” vision.

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