Remind remote workers to keep their laptops secure at all times.
Here's a list of immediate first steps.
- If working in a high-traffic area, laptops should be secured to prevent damage or theft.
- If a laptop security lock is not available, it should be kept in a desk or cabinet that locks when not in use.
- At a minimum keep the device out-of-sight when unattended.
- Access to the laptop should be protected with a unique username and hard-to-guess password.
- Encrypting the stored data is a must for devices with protected health information or other sensitive data. This can be done within the device or with software.
- Finally, location tracking is available for most newer laptops. For devices that are frequently on the move, this is a must.
- There are many other information security measures a company should put in place before any data is allowed to be stored on a mobile device regardless of where it will be used.
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