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By joshua_twm ·
Is setting bios password on laptops a practical security practice for any orgainisation.

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by ippirate In reply to Setting Bios password for ...

Your better questions to begin with are:

How sensitive is the data on them?
How realistic is the risk?
What am I protecting and from who?

Determine the sensitivity of the data. This element is very important as overprotection is just as bad as under. Think of it like this, if you worked for KFC you would place more security around the laptop containing the Col's secret recipe and the corporate business strategy for the years to come than you would the laptop of a office product purchaser who only has email, productivity software and contact information for his local Office Max. In the one case it would be a good practice, along with several other technologies but in the other?

In other words, risk assessment. Where is the data located, where does it travel to. If it only goes between home and work, no other travel then your risk will go down versus you corporate jet setter.

Finally, how much risk does data loss incur and who would be attempting to get at it?

Bios passwords provide only one layer to the entire security model and also provide some risks as well. The biggest risk is, if the laptop is stolen by someone who really wants the information then all they have to do is move the drive to another machine and access from there.

Regardless of what you decision you arrive at, keep it layered. If you just leave it at one line you are begging for trouble.

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