Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Securing Laptops, Desktops, and Workstations

A while back we had a client that experienced a smash and grab via their front door.

Since then they have added some additional security features to their front doors and windows along with the following for their systems:


In this particular client’s site we have mostly laptops throughout the organization.

So, we ordered enough cables for all of their systems along with the needed anchor points for those cables.

We used the supplied glue along with the pair of screws to mount the anchor in a relatively concealed way on the user’s desk. Once done, the desk itself would need to pull apart before the anchor came loose.

Each lock has a factory combination set to it. So, we made sure to create a new combination set for each user and document that combination in our client audit notes.

Users were then trained on how to properly lock and unlock their laptops.

We use the Ultra series of cable locks because the thicker cable requires a larger snip and a good amount of strength to cut.

While these efforts are not foolproof, they are definitely going to slow the folks that break in down. That is the whole idea.

Philip Elder
Microsoft Small Business Specialists
Co-Author: SBS 2008 Blueprint Book

*Our original iMac was stolen (previous blog post). We now have a new MacBook Pro courtesy of Vlad Mazek, owner of OWN.

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