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Do thin clients make sense in your corporate security strategy?

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Do you agree with Jonathan Yarden that implementing thin client technology can help bolster security? What's your take on the potential of thin client technology? Share your comments about whether thin clients make sense for your organization, as discussed in the Sept. 13 Internet Security Focus e-newsletter.

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Thin clients do make sense

by dale lad In reply to Do thin clients make sens ...

We've been using a thin client based system across the UK and the continent for around 4 years now. Once we upped the bandwidth between the sites and the servers to achieve an acceptable speed (which is comparable with a decent PC for all but graphics) we've run all PCs on it. With locked down PCs and restricted local drive access users cannot install any software or introduce anything to our WAN via floppy discs, which cuts down on two problem areas. I would recommend it

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yes, they do

by LioNiNoiL In reply to Thin clients do make sens ...

We've been using a Citrix-based thin client nearly four years; speed is adequate 99.5% of the time, and security issues have declined to a very small fraction of what they were before the conversion.

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Want to see how much sense this makes?

by jkbe In reply to Thin clients do make sens ...

We use mostly Microsoft Terminal Services to deliver complete desktops and have for a few years now. If security, productivity and value are what a company of 10 desktops or more is interested in, in 80% of the cases at least, this ultra thin approach is so much better its not funny.

Anyone that wants to see a two minute demo of how this actually works, just contact me a jeff@desktopanywhere.com - It is really something to behold.

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Dumb terminals again?

by drmemory In reply to Do thin clients make sens ...

Security, standardization, capital control . . .; the arguments come up periodically to centralize processing (aka mainframe). DIS-abling as a security strategy is tempting, but flawed. Business imperatives almost invariably seek EN-abling as a path to doing more with less. Security strategy should by 'smarten up' not 'dumb down'.

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Dumbie Terminals again

by mwojcik In reply to Dumb terminals again?

We've been using Citrix for about 7 years now and love it. Speed, not an issue. What brought us to winterminals is not security but a 16-bit program shared at 5 sites. But the security is so great...I recommend every company with 5 or more PC's networked should switch to winterminals.

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How about a rich/thin client on a timeshared desktop?

by rograham1 In reply to Do thin clients make sens ...

As enterprises gradually migrate their application portfolio to a higher percentage of thin client applications, they can still maintain rich client capabilities and performance by deploying an inexpensive technology that permits multiple desktop stations (keyboard, mouse, monitor) to SIMULTANEOUSLY share (timeshare) a single system unit running XP Pro and Office. This reduces the number of desktop nodes and related TCA and TCO by over 30% while blending well with legacy desktops and notebooks.

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"Thin" clients can enhance physical security, too

by chris In reply to Do thin clients make sens ...

As a consultant to many large financial services firms, I've seen the conflict occuring between to significant trend: the need for improved security and control over business processes and information for regulatory and legal compliance purposes, and outsourcing to reduce costs of operations.
Thin client architectures, encompassing properly designed hardware, network and software - can play a significant role in facilitating secure computing environments. Most significantly, the danger of an employee at a vendor BPO organization copying sensitive information can be greatly reduced relative to traditional PC client environments. The simple fact that data does not reside, and can not be saved, on the remote client machines is a huge advantage.
Large, dedicated BPO operations and software development centers are being designed and implemented around this model, adding an additional layer of protection for outsourcing firms and their customers.

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No thin clients , please.

by Avinash Joshi In reply to Do thin clients make sens ...

The whole discussion is about security and not about thin/rich clients. Thin clients is not a ultimate solution to sort out aqll security problems. Rich clients accessing servers by exclusive tcp/ip protocol with high encryption will give much more flexibility and security.

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How To Avoid Single Point Of Failure?

by MobileIT In reply to Do thin clients make sens ...

While I can certainly appreciate the security advantages the use of thin client technology can deliver, my concern would be that the physical loss of the server/client controller would potentially reduce the workstations of my networks to nothing more than expensive paperweights (which is not inconcievable as my servers are mobile and DO travel into harms way).

What solutions are there to retaining some stand-alone functionality on workstations? Perhaps a dual-boot solution, with the client logon as primary, and a workstation OS as a backup?

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