Don't Be Too Quick To Lock Down Desktops

    Date17 Sep 2004
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    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    A friend of mine whose paranoid parents urged him never to trust anyone has discovered that his tendency to trust everyone will likely cost him lots of money and at least part of his medical practice. . . . A friend of mine whose paranoid parents urged him never to trust anyone has discovered that his tendency to trust everyone will likely cost him lots of money and at least part of his medical practice. Would he have been better off trusting nobody? That's hardly the way to maintain relationships or build a team. Yet overcompensation seems to be a part of human nature.

    So it seems with network managers and locking down desktops. Five years ago, everything was loose and free on most Wintel PCs. Many of us suggested at the time that "default allow" was the incorrect stance for a business network. Why, we asked, were PCs being allowed to become personal toys on the corporate network, costing thousands if not millions of dollars in lost productivity or retooling? As any field tech or helpdesk staffer could attest, it took lots of time to unscrew software conflicts resulting from desktop playtoys or malware/spyware installed by trusting users.

    Now the pendulum has swung to the other side. Corporate America has modified its acceptable-use policies all too well, and draconian desktop lockdown is the norm at many institutions. To propagate some image of fairness, the lockdown is almost universally applied--no users can install or modify their workstation setup. Ah, unilateral policy: What a great way to avoid making management decisions!

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