Disposable Virtual Machines

Virtualization is not merely for businesses trying to wrench the last iota of efficiency from their infrastructure. Virtual machines can also be used to enhance the home computing security.

In many households, there is rightly concern about security, particularly when a computer is shared by several members of the family. Friends and visitors complicate the problem. Knoppix and similar LiveCD Linux systems are one solution; but they have limitations. Disposable virtual machines are a similar solution, one that provides a full WindowsTM environment, even as Administrator, without compromising the integrity of the underlying hardware. With disposable virtual machines, one can browse a suspect www site without endangering one's electronic banking.

This session will demonstrate how disposable virtual machines can be used in a home setting.


Robert Gezelter has over 30 years of experience consulting on Information Technology matters and is a Contributing Editor of the recently released Computer Security Handbook, 5th Edition. In addition to his technical practice, he has been consulted on computer-related issues in civil and criminal litigation by attorneys for over 20 years.

Mr. Gezelter has also spoken and published extensively on operating systems, networks, performance, security, tools, and similar areas. Since 1985, he has spoken worldwide for organizations including ACM, Connect (previously Encompass/DECUS), ISSA, ISACA, and IEEE. He was appointed to the IEEE Computer Society's Distinguished Visitors Program for a three-year term in 2004. He is an EnCase® Certified Examiner (Guidance Software) and holds other industry certifications. Mr. Gezelter holds BA and MS degrees in Computer Science from New York University.

He was also a Contributing Editor to the Computer Security Handbook, 4th Edition (2002), the 3rd Edition (1995), and contributed to the Handbook of Information Security (2005).

Mr. Gezelter is in private practice, with clients ranging from the Fortune 10 to small businesses, both locally and internationally. He maintains his offices in Flushing, New York. He can be contacted via his firm's www site at http://www.rlgsc.com.

Sponsors: Trenton Computer Festival
Venue: College of New Jersey
Ewing Township, New Jersey
Date: Saturday, April 24, 2010
Room SSB-229
Time: 12:25 A.M.
Admission: Registration Required. Event Registration at: http://www.tcf-nj.org
Session Notes: http://www.rlgsc.com/trentoncomputerfestival/2010/disposable-virtual-machines.html
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