Security on the Move
People need to be mobile and not tied down to a desk in today’s fast-moving business world. Therefore, desktops are becoming obsolete. Although laptops are the answer to getting more efficient work out of employees, there also needs to be extra precautions taken for security.
Today, the vast majority of laptop computers spend most of their lives as channels for data downloaded from cloud services. When applications and data are accessed from the cloud, they don’t need to be stored on a local hard disk. This has a good and a bad side, of course. You need to make sure that sensitive information is secure.
The most basic tools for laptop security are user authentication and data encryption. It’s just deciding which of the options are right for your situation.
User authentication is a must on any device – so it’s a choice of how far you want to go with this. A simple username/password combination is a great start. Some laptops have built-in fingerprints readers and they are also available as external add-ons as well. Smart card readers are another option. There are usually a few options of mechanisms to use for user authentication to help keep data safe.
Data Encryption is the next basic step to keep your data protected. The only question is whether you want to encrypt only the critical data or all the data on the full disk. You may see a difference in performance by choosing to encrypt a full disk of data unless the CPU is
Going a step further is setting up Mobile Device Management. This can enforce policies on versions and updates, remotely erase a hard disk in the event of laptop loss, track the machine through WiFi and GPS localization information, and the list goes on.
There are several basic measures that can be taken to secure your company’s data. It just comes down to proper planning to have the right hardware and software tools in place. It can make the difference between a disaster for your company or a minor inconvenience.