Safe Computing in the Age of Ubiquitous Connectivity
Today’s workplace is anywhere there is connectivity. Many employees spend the majority of their working hours
away from their offices, in an ad hoc composite of home offices, client and customer premises, and public spaces.
Ubiquitous Internet access has accelerated this trend, with many parks, bookstores, and coffee shops acting as
virtual extensions of the office. Employees are connected to their firm and its customers by a combination of
wireless Internet access, Virtual Private Networks, wireless devices, and mobile telephones.
We will explore the privacy, security, and integrity issues raised by universal connectivity; and
how technologies like wired and wireless networks, both public and private, can be used to un-tether
employees from their desks while preserving the security and integrity of the systems they use. The
potential for information disclosure and alteration, identity theft, misuse, and other dangers of the
technology will also be explored.
Solutions will be applicable to all participants in the connected world: end-users; enterprises;
access providers; or enterprises. Enterprise issues will be addressed from the emerging perspective
of providing cyber-hospitality, in addition to the issues raised by providing remote access to one’s