The Lowdown on Laptop Security

 
 
By eweek  |  Posted 2007-12-05
 
 
 

The Lowdown on Laptop Security

When asked whether security was an important factor when selecting laptops, 89 percent of respondents agreed, with 34 percent strongly agreeing. Only 2 percent of respondents said that security wasn't an important factor to consider when evaluating laptop

The Lowdown on Laptop Security

The Lowdown on Laptop Security - Effective Combo

Further, a whopping 99 percent of respondents agreed that effective laptop security requires a combination of physical and information security measures. The responses to another question in the survey suggest that social measures such as end-user trainin

The Lowdown on Laptop Security - Effective Combo

The Lowdown on Laptop Security - High Risk

More than half of respondents said that laptops were used at their organizations primarily by end users who travel frequently. These are arguably the laptops that are most in need of measures against theft and loss.

The Lowdown on Laptop Security - High Risk

The Lowdown on Laptop Security - Selection Criteria

When asked to select from a list of laptop selection criteria, the highest percentage of respondents selected 'other.' The criterion written in by 7.35 of those respondents was price relative to value, 3.43 percent wrote in overall specifications, 2.45 pe

The Lowdown on Laptop Security - Selection Criteria

The Lowdown on Laptop Security - You Get What You Pay For

Despite the raft of laptops currently selling for less than $1,000, the majority of respondents expect to pay $1,500 or more for a quality business laptop.

The Lowdown on Laptop Security - You Get What You Pay For

The Lowdown on Laptop Security - XP Still Tops

The vast majority of respondents-91 percent-said Microsoft's Windows XP was the operating system running on the last laptops purchased for their companies. Many companies are still evaluating Windows Vista, a year after its release, but 18 percent of resp

The Lowdown on Laptop Security - XP Still Tops

The Lowdown on Laptop Security - Mix of Measures

Speaking of operating systems, built-in OS features are being used by about half of respondents to secure laptops. Also high on the list is some combination of end-user training, encryption and physical measures, along with the OS security features. Intel

The Lowdown on Laptop Security - Mix of Measures

The Lowdown on Laptop Security - Policy Makers

A majority of respondents-76 percent-said their companies had implemented end-user policies regarding the use of laptops.

The Lowdown on Laptop Security - Policy Makers

The Lowdown on Laptop Security - Laptop Losses

A combination of technical and social measures may have helped the companies of the 57 percent of respondents that said that no laptops had been reported lost or stolen in the last 12 months. Twelve percent of respondents weren't as fortunate, with a repo

The Lowdown on Laptop Security - Laptop Losses

The Lowdown on Laptop Security - Car Trouble

Of those who said a laptop had been reported lost or stolen, almost half said the system was stolen from a vehicle. The companies that deploy laptops mostly to end users who travel frequently should take note that 25 percent of respondents said a laptop w

The Lowdown on Laptop Security - Car Trouble

The Lowdown on Laptop Security - What\s the lowdown on laptop security at your organization?

Whats the lowdown on laptop security at your organization?

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The Lowdown on Laptop Security - What\s the lowdown on laptop security at your organization?

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