Data Storage: Protecting Data Stored on Enterprise Laptops: 10 Best Practices

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2010-11-04 Print this article Print
Protecting Data Stored on Enterprise Laptops: 10 Best Practices

Protecting Data Stored on Enterprise Laptops: 10 Best Practices

by Chris Preimesberger
Let's face it: Our business and personal files aren't secure at all if we carry them around in business-oriented devices that are protected only by a password. The fact is, most of us rely only on that thin level of security most of the time. It's true that more and more netbooks and laptops are being equipped with biometric fingerprint scanners to aid in security, but even those aren't a foolproof solution. The complete answer at this point in time is this: To protect business-critical corporate files and other data, you need to 1. deploy a combination of physical and IT security measures, 2. be able to back up the entire drive into cloud storage, and 3. have a central security administrator be able to wipe clean or completely disable the device if it's lost, stolen or falls into the wrong hands. For this slide show, eWEEK used several sources, including market research from its own Ziff Davis Enterprise research department and information from Juniper Networks, DigitalPersona and Trellia Networks, along with a new whitepaper from Datacastle.
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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