Government-backed security appliance to be released at InfoSec

Is this the end of the world as we know it?

For years vendors have worked on building hardware and software that stops attacks on Government networks. I’m given to understand that frustration has built up amongst some Government circles at just how much money is spent on these products. Cutbacks, spending reviews and the soon-to-be-revealed security breach via a Black Hat DDOS of the EDL all demonstrate just how silly things are

Well, it looks like all us vendors may have had our day. Airgap is coming to the UK market soon, and apparently heavily backed by UK Government as its meets a key Government procurement criteria of ‘something for practically nothing’. By all accounts the product does actually work, delivering 100% security, utter reliability and scalability. Its open source, multi OS compatible and works straight out the box. It also works in virtualised, cloudified and mobile environments with no drop off in performance, which also means that Marketing types are now quivering in fear over a product that uses those cliches but actually genuinely does meet them.

The question Airgap poses is, at what point does utter security have to be sacrificed in the interests of usability? Something can be extremely secure but also unusable, conversely it can be very usable but very insecure. Vendors role is to work out the mix of this that customers will accept and then position the right product. Airgap is just an extreme approach, but given its costs, has some real appeal.

I worry about customers reactions to this, and welcome people’s views on its launch


About Graeme Stewart, McAfee

I work for McAfee as Director of Public Sector Strategy and Relations, UK&I
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