Posted by: Ken Harthun
ROBAM, Secure Computing, Security, Security policy, Security practice
What’s a ROBAM? you ask. Check out this post: Protecting Your Business from Online Banking Fraud. SANS says, “The number one recommended mitigation [to online banking fraud caused by infostealer infections] is to use a read-only bootable alternative media (ROBAM) as an isolated environment for financial transactions.”
You can use a USB thumb drive instead of a CD if you do the following:
1. Download your alternative Linux OS choice (I prefer Ubuntu or Knoppix) in .iso format
2. Download UNetbootin from http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/
3. Create a bootable USB thumb drive using UNetbootin
4. Set the properties of the drive to “read only”
This should have the same effect as using a Linux live CD.
I haven’t tried this, so comments welcome.