Laptops have become a commodity. Buying a corporate laptop costs nearly the same as buying a desktop PC.
And corporations love laptops for one simple reason. Laptops are mobile. When you issue laptop to an employee, you encourage him/her to take the work at home. Productivity increases, at no extra cost
But there is a flip side: this same trait of mobility also puts the laptop at risk of theft. Although the mantra of protecting your laptop is long going, there are a lot of companies who do not take this issue seriously. The mindset of managers still needs to be adjusted to present the issue.
Because managers speak the language of money, let's make a simple calculation that shows the impact of how much is your laptop worth:
- Cv = Company value - Place the value of a company (usually declared in annual reports)
- Lv = Laptop purchase value (with costs of protection - licenses, encryption, GPS)
- Pl = Position level of laptop user:
- 10 - CEO/CFO/CSO
- 7 - Division Manager
- 5 - Department Head
- 2 - Senior Employee
- 1 - Junior Employee
- ProtL = Protection Level of Laptop
- 10 - hardware supported full HDD encryption, biometric, GPS location
- 7 - hardware supported full HDD encryption, biometrics
- 5 - Full HDD encryption
- 1 - password protected Account
Securing a laptop is very well known issue connected to laptops. So when you buy new PC Laptops you may want to invest in a higher value of laptops, in order to provide better protection.
Interesting PC laptops for companies should be devices with security features like
- Full HDD encryption
- fingerprint reader, even retina scanner,
- Trusted Platform Module (TPM) chip (hardware supported encryption).
- Even GPS tracking can be added to protection, but this is only for the most serious systems
Talkback and comments are most welcome
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