Thursday, February 9, 2012

The Cloudcast - Eps.31 - "Securing Virtual Desktops" + Show Notes + Whiteboard

Date: Feb.9, 2012
Guest: Mike Foley (@mikefoley, Product Architect @ RSA

Mike Foley was previously on the podcast talking about security in a vCloud Director environment at VMworld 2011. This week we decided to add something new to the podcast, so Mike and Brian did a whiteboard video of their discuss (see below).

Topic 1 - Let’s start with a basic concept. One of the selling points of virtual desktops was the idea that data would be centralized (not on a device), hence it would intrinsically be safer. Debunk that myth for us.

Topic 2 - Let’s talk bigger picture - where are the security “concerns” that virtual desktops introduce and where are the most critical places to be focused on security / risk-mitigations?

Topic 3 - To deploy virtual desktops, it requires many silos of technology to be interconnected (servers, storage, network, etc.). This is much more complex that desktops have been in the past. Where do you find the security ownership usually resides across a virtual desktop project?

Topic 4 - With more people bringing in non-Windows devices into their businesses, how does that change the landscape for security in delivering an “end user computing” experience?