SOHO Security Issues
Most people consider the small office/home office (SOHO) network to be "trusted"
- But should you still bring top-secret files home on your laptop computer?
Biggest threat is usually from the outside via Internet connection
- Most users do not realize their exposure
- Most ISPs do nothing to educate their users
Most people don't consider the small office/home office (SOHO) environment to be a hostile one. And generally this is true. At home, I pretty much trust my spouse and children to not break in to my computer (why should they; they have access!).
But does this mean that I should bring home top secret files from the office on my laptop (as a former director of the CIA did)?
Indeed, the biggest threat that most of us face on our systems and networks at home are from the outside and because we don't focus on security at home. Most users, furthermore, don't recognize their exposure (nor their systems' vulnerabilities) on the 'Net. And Internet service providers (ISPs), for their part, donít do enough to educate users, particularly when it comes to helping their users mitigate those exposures.
Sadly, most users just don't have a clue and the ISPs aren't helping them to get one!