The largest single type of security breach is the stolen or lost laptop, according to the Open Security Foundation
, yet these computers are among the least protected of all IT assets. The costs of a data breach can be huge, including the loss of trade secrets, marketing plans, and other competitive information that could have long-term business damage, plus the immediate costs of having to notify people if their personal information was possibly at risk from the breach. Particularly in a recession, enterprise management can't afford to take these risks lightly.
[an error occurred while processing this directive] There is a way for IT to protect those laptops and the confidential information they contain: encryption. Without the combination of password security and encryption, any halfway-competent hacker has no problem siphoning hard drive contents and putting it to nefarious use.
Your laptop data is not safe. So fix it. | InfoWorld | Analysis | 2009-01-19 | By Mel Beckman