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Four resources to help you secure your company's laptops

You may have secured your network, but how safe are your laptops? Here are three articles and a download to help ensure that your portable PCs are secure.


Are your company’s secrets walking out the door every week, waiting to be stolen?

They may be if you’re not taking steps to make your laptops as secure as your network.

Recently, The Wall Street Journal reported that one company, Qualcomm, Inc., suffered a major security breach when a laptop belonging to the company’s founder was stolen. According to the article, other companies have had laptops stolen from offices and even executives’ homes.

Safeware, a computer insurance firm, reported that in 1999, losses in notebook claims totaled $1.75 million. The report also said that while the majority of these claims were accident-related, 29 percent were attributed to theft.

How can CIOs address this problem?

We’ve compiled four TechRepublic resources that address laptop security:
  • Windows 2000 EFS: A Partial Answer for Mobile Data Theft.” This report from Gartner details the pros and cons of Encrypted File System (EFS), which is bundled free with Windows 2000. Gartner found EFS provides basic security for average users, but recommended additional security measures.
  • Road rules for remote road warriors.” Traveling overseas? There are special security risks that you’ll need to know about. This article explains those risks and includes tips for using your laptop abroad.
  • Eight tips for the new laptop user.” Sometimes, neglecting the little things poses the greatest security threat. This column covers the basics (don’t save passwords on your laptop, never leave your laptop alone at airports, etc.), and would be useful to distribute whenever you give a user a laptop.
  • Security links download. This download provides links to online security resources.
If you have a laptop usage policy or a laptop security policy, share it with us and you may win a TechRepublic T-shirt.
Are your company’s secrets walking out the door every week, waiting to be stolen?

They may be if you’re not taking steps to make your laptops as secure as your network.

Recently, The Wall Street Journal reported that one company, Qualcomm, Inc., suffered a major security breach when a laptop belonging to the company’s founder was stolen. According to the article, other companies have had laptops stolen from offices and even executives’ homes.

Safeware, a computer insurance firm, reported that in 1999, losses in notebook claims totaled $1.75 million. The report also said that while the majority of these claims were accident-related, 29 percent were attributed to theft.

How can CIOs address this problem?

We’ve compiled four TechRepublic resources that address laptop security:
  • Windows 2000 EFS: A Partial Answer for Mobile Data Theft.” This report from Gartner details the pros and cons of Encrypted File System (EFS), which is bundled free with Windows 2000. Gartner found EFS provides basic security for average users, but recommended additional security measures.
  • Road rules for remote road warriors.” Traveling overseas? There are special security risks that you’ll need to know about. This article explains those risks and includes tips for using your laptop abroad.
  • Eight tips for the new laptop user.” Sometimes, neglecting the little things poses the greatest security threat. This column covers the basics (don’t save passwords on your laptop, never leave your laptop alone at airports, etc.), and would be useful to distribute whenever you give a user a laptop.
  • Security links download. This download provides links to online security resources.
If you have a laptop usage policy or a laptop security policy, share it with us and you may win a TechRepublic T-shirt.

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