To address the need for tighter data controls and lower support costs, the Ashley Company has adopted a new diskless PC system. It is little more than a mutilated personal computer described as a ?~?~gutless wonder. The basic concept behind the diskless PC is simple: A LAN server-based file system of high-powered diskless workstations is spread throughout a company and connected with a central repository or mainframe. The network improves control by limiting user access to company data previously stored on desktop hard disks. Because the user can destroy or delete only the information currently on the screen, an organizations financial data are better protected from user-instigated catastrophes. The diskless computer also saves money in user support costs by distributing applications and upgrades automatically, and by offering online help.
1. What threats in the information processing and storage system do the diskless PC minimize?
2. Do the security advantages of the new system outweigh potential limitations? Discuss.