Special Report

Protecting your corporate laptops

In this special report, you'll learn how to protect your laptops from hackers and thieves and learn what to do if one of your corporate laptops is stolen. You'll also find information to help your employees safeguard their laptops while traveling.

Laptop hacking step-by-step

This series by Kevin Beaver offers step-by-step instructions to secure your corporate laptops from hackers and thieves -- but with a twist -- he approaches it from the 'bad guy's' perspective.

 Home: Introduction
 Step 1: How it can happen
 Step 2: How to crack a laptop
 Step 3: How to secure a laptop
 Step 4: Laptop security summation

What to do when a laptop is lost or stolen
There are a few key steps to take if one of your corporate laptops is lost or stolen. Kevin discusses some measures that will help you respond rather than react, and get you back on the road to recovery, minimizing any future worries.

About the author: Kevin Beaver, CISSP, is an independent information security consultant, author and speaker with Atlanta-based Principle Logic LLC. He has more than 18 years of experience in IT and specializes in performing information security assessments. Beaver has written five books including Hacking For Dummies (Wiley), Hacking Wireless Networks For Dummies (Wiley) and The Practical Guide to HIPAA Privacy and Security Compliance (Auerbach). He can be reached at kbeaver@principlelogic.com.

Traveling with laptops

We have been inundated by news headlines focusing a great deal on the threat of identify theft posed from stolen corporate laptops. Headlines screamed with warnings that the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) banned laptops as carry-on items. (A recent check of the TSA Web site says that the TSA continues to allow laptop computers, cell phones and other electronic items as carry-on items but these regulations can change at any time.)

You'll want your traveling workers to be prepared and keep your corporate laptops sheltered and secure. The following resources will help.

Laptop travel -- a risky venture
ARTICLE - Laptops may no longer be allowed on some airplanes, but industry experts and users say checking a laptop as luggage could be risky business.

Airline security: Checking your laptop
TIP - Craig Mathias looks at some things we need to be aware of before we check our laptops and discusses steps to take to prepare it as "baggage."

Stolen laptops are only the beginning
ADVICE - Identity management offers enterprises the ability to operate mobile devices safely and securely while protecting personal information and corporate resources.

Locating a lifted laptop
ARTICLE: Everyone focuses on what to do if critical data is stolen, but what about the costs and headaches involved when the physical device goes missing? Absolute Software solves that problem with its 'LoJack for laptops.'

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This was first published in September 2006

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