Laptop anti-theft, or protecting your mobile data, is a MUST for corporations and consumers. Almost half of workplace identity theft takes place because of mobile data. And the average value of the data on your laptop can be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars to a corporate spy or experienced identity thief. At the higher end of the scale, the value of the 26 million Veteran identities on a laptop lost over a year ago was estimated to be worth more than $100 million. Those are the types of computer security risks that can make your business unprofitable. But there are solutions.
Laptop theft generally occurs in transit: airports, hotels, cars, commuter trains, conferences, off-site meetings, vacations, coffee shops, etc. The first step to protect your employees’ privacy and your company’s IP and financial information is to implement a policy to guide employees to more secure behavior while they’re on the road. Build laptop anti-theft training into your organizational culture to protect the privacy and intellectual property of your employees.
Broken window theory: By removing graffiti and repairing broken windows in crime hot-spots throughout New York City, the NYPD was able to drastically reduce the entire city’s overall crime rate (not just the quantity of graffiti and broken windows), including thefts, burglaries, muggings and murders. In other words, certain actions that we take (e.g., focusing on crime hot-spots rather than on every type of crime) can have a disproportionately positive effect on achieving our goal (e.g., lower crime rates).
Business application: You get a far higher return on investment for certain well-planned tactical strikes than you do for far more expensive strategic initiatives.
In the world of workplace identity theft and corporate data breach, laptop computers are the biggest broken window. Not only do laptops account for a disproportionate amount of data theft, but training the organization to properly protect mobile computers has a radiant effect on all other types of identity protection. Good habits in one area breed good habits in others.
Stop the theft of corporate laptops (or personal laptops with corporate data on them) and you have eliminated approximately 50 percent of the entire data breach problem at a fraction of the security cost.
For specific precautions to take on the road with your laptop, read “Six Steps to Prevent Your Laptop Against Identity Theft.”
John Sileo became America’s leading identity theft speaker and expert after he lost his business and more than $300,000 to identity theft and data breach. His clients include the Department of Defense, Pfizer, and the FDIC. To further bulletproof yourself and your business, visit John’s blog at Sileo.com and receive a free white-paper: “Privacy Means Profit: Safe Data = Profitable Data.”