Jet lag and appGATE

I arrived yesterday in the SF Bay Area for a week of meetings and this is the first night. Jet lag just hit at its strongest and weirdest as I woke up at 2:15 this morning fresh out of a dream that (since I woke up during it) I remember in every vivid (and strange) detail.

So in my dream, I was with a friend who is the IT director from the Grande Chartreuse monastry in France, a beautiful place near Grenoble where they make one of my all (adult) time favorite drinks : La Chartreuse. Now this is strange as I have no friend who works in, or for, a monastry... But if I had, it would probably be one working right there.

So what was I doing in my dream, well, we were home, and he was asking me (thus adhering to the oh-so-common tradition around me : "Hey, Gilles, you work in computer security, can you give me some ideas about what I'm trying to do?";) how to enable the monks in the monastry who are travelling around the globe (I don't even know if the Carthusian monks actually do so) could securely access their internal network.

And so, in my dream, I had brough him up to my work room and was explaining, using drawings on the big whiteboard, how appGATE Security Server enables roaming users to identify themselves, have their role and its current implications in term of access to applications and data checked by Sun's Identity Management suite so that the system knows that, while they are travelling, they are currently in service, so have access to all their applications (albeit in a potentially limited fashion do the the remote location or constrained device), or maybe that they are travelling and not in service, so only have access to a subset of features (like, just e-mail). I was showing how only one port needs to be open on the appGATE security server (usually port 22 for SSH), and that there is never direct contact from the outside of the network to the inside, but rather that the security server offers a relay to a view on what specific tasks and resources are allowed given the user's current context.

I had also told him that this was secure enough to be used by defense, government, banks and other very sensitive customers worldwide and that this was a very cool company as their stuff was running on Sun hardware, and about how the roaming features allowed the underlying network variations to be abstracted from the applications by the appGATE client on the device.

And then I woke up. 2:15 AM, in my usual hotel in Newark... So here I am writing about this. Yes, there would have been many more things to say about the Sun / appGATE partnership, about how appGATE's solutions perfectly complement Sun's own Secure Global Desktop offering when roaming is key and how appGATE is packaged through Sun's CRS service in the form of easy to order, and use, appliances... but it was just a dream, so limited in time and scope.

And talking about time... it's about time I got back to bed and tried to get back on track to California time. This week will be a long week, and unfortunately, I don't know if, or where, I'll be able to sip a glass of delicious Chartreuse. One more thing to look forward to when I get back home to my lovely family.

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