“It’s staggering to learn that up to 600,000 laptops are lost in U.S. airports annually, many containing sensitive information that companies must account for,” said Larry Ponemon, chairman and founder of the Ponemon Institute. “IT departments must re-evaluate the steps they’re taking to protect mobile professionals, the laptops they carry and company data stored on mobile devices.”
All business laptops need to have drive encryption. Passwords are not enough to keep hackers at bay. There is no technology available to bypass drive encryption at this time. When a thief can’t get into the machine, the machine is often thrown in the trash with the data undetected. Because of this security when a system is encrypted it doesn’t have to be reported. There is one problem though with encryption, if the system refuses to boot your computer is toast. That has made some users wary of it. Still it’s much safer business wise to have to rebuild a machine than chance that the data on it has been stolen.
Another way of protecting the data on your lost or stolen laptop is with built-in anti-theft protection. With this service a user or the IT department at your company can remotely disable a laptop. The prices are not so high that it’s out of range for most business travelers and the protection is well worth it. PC PhoneHome, Locate My Laptop and Lojack for Laptops are some services to look in to for this service.
One more service is actually being built into newer models, the finger reader. When the laptop will only operate for the finger then it’s much harder to hack. That is as long as the thief doesn’t decide to hack your finger with your machine.