The new iPad has been attracting a lot of attention lately. Everything from its size and functionality to the long queues of people waiting to buy one, have been grist for the media mill. This “must have” widget is also reportedly a hot ticket item for thieves, with even an incident reported recently where the thief also took part of the victim’s finger in his attempt to steal the item.
Laptop computers, notepad-type computers and other valuable mobile computing devices are prime targets for thieves. In fact, a Computer Security Institute survey indicates that laptop theft ranks second only to viruses as a computer crime. Several ingenious devices are available to physically secure laptops and other portable computing devices used while working in an office, but many organizations today are also adding computer lockers to their arsenal of technology solutions as part of an asset management system. If it can’t be seen then there is less chance it will be stolen.
In addition to safely securing a laptop, computer lockers also provide the advantage of being able to store sensitive data disks, thumb drives or valuable accessories such as battery packs or other peripherals. Simply connecting a security cable to the laptop may help prevent the theft of the laptop that has been left on a desk, but it does nothing to prevent removal of these other kinds of items.
For increased protection, computer lockers are permanently installed and users can only open lockers for which they have an authorized user code. An open door, the use of force to gain access, a power failure or even the misuse of the keypad will trigger an alarm and record the event in the log file. The data trail can assist management by providing valuable information as to when and who with regard to any incidents.
In addition to using secure lockers, you should use best practices with valuable devices. Laptops and other mobile devices should be clearly labeled with the individual’s name or the name of the company; laptops should be kept in sight or close at hand and never left unattended; and placed in the computer locker when not in use.