Posted by: Troy Tate
information security, machine emulation, portable application, remote access, remote user, secure computing, Security, USB, virtual machine
I know that there are ways to run ISO’s from a USB memory stick using the QEMU processor emulator open source software. It’s pretty cool if you haven’t tried it. Now, according to Dark Reading, Ironkey and Lockheed Martin have an entire virtual desktop on a secure USB stick. According to the article an entire hard drive, including OS, applications and data, can be shrunk to fit on a secure flash drive. They call it a “PC on a stick”. Since it is basically an image of a computer, it can meet an organizations security posture and still be extremely portable and secure.
I just wonder though what would happen if you use this portable computer on a machine already running keylogging software. Does the virtual desktop check the host environment for any threats? This is a technology that could bear watching. Just how portable does your computer need to be?
Thanks for reading and let’s continue to be good network citizens!