A different type of Apple security problem
 
On Fifth Avenue in New York City today, Apple is opening another in its line of very successful retail stores. Any retail store (or, really, any presence whatsoever) in New York City presents a serious set of security issues. When that store is selling high-value electronic equipment, the security issues become significantly higher (see chapter 3, “Physical Security” of our book for a sampling of the issues). But, with its latest store, Apple has really given new meaning to the words “security problem.”
 
According to Apple’s press release, the store will be open 24/7/365. That’s 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, which is something you may feel you need to do when you’re paying who knows how much per square foot of space (and/or have spent who knows how much on construction). But it also gives the bad guys an awful lot of “off hours” in which they can do a lot of bad things with few around to stop them. Would you want to be sitting in New York City at 3am with thousands and thousands of dollars worth of computer and electronics equipment? It’s risky enough just riding the subway at midday with a single iPod shuffle in plain sight!
 
But it gets even worse. Check out the picture of the store above. Glass. All glass. What’s that saying about living in glass houses? I expect it applies even more so to glass retail stores in NYC. It’s probably really, really thick glass. But, even so! A glass computer/electronics store in NYC open all hours! Definitely a new type of security problem for Apple.  
 
Sort of sounds like something Microsoft would think of, doesn’t it :O
Friday, May 19, 2006