The hacking/interfacing rules for Eclipse Phase suggest that I can use a "disposable" ecto to cover my tracks when I'm doing something unscrupulous on the network. It suggests (but doesn't give clear rules) that I can interact with the mesh separately through the ecto, then discard the ecto when my activities are discovered. What I'd like to do is set up the ecto to provide a second layer of defense; in other words:
- All communications from my mesh inserts are routed through the ecto
- The mesh inserts control the ecto, but not vice versa (if they hack into my ecto, I'd want them to have to make a second test to get at my mesh inserts)
In Shadowrun 4E, on which the EP mesh rules seem to be heavily based, there is the concept of a gateway node. The purpose of the gateway is to secure a private network; outside connections are routed through an extra layer of security. Is it possible to treat the ecto as a gateway node to my private mesh? How can this be handled in EP, using the Rules As Written?
Are the Master/Slave rules applicable, here? How do they work in EP, anyway, which doesn't have the concept of individual nodes on the network like SR4?