And that's a big deal, when you consider that a laptop computer is stolen every 53 seconds from U.S. airports, hotels ,and restaurants, and the vast majority are never recovered. It's not always someone else's fault, either: business travelers lose more than 12,000 laptops per week in U.S. airports, and only a third of these devices are ever reclaimed. That's well over half a million lost laptops a year!
________________________________________________________ FACT: 75% OF U.S. IT MANAGERS SAY THEIR ORGANIZATION HAS PLACED SENSITIVE BUSINESS INFORMATION AT RISK DUE TO A LOST OR STOLEN LAPTOP. ________________________________________________________
(Personal admission: I once left my laptop at the security station at LaGuardia Airport. Fortunately, I realized it when I got to my gate and was able to go back and retrieve it. I can tell you the feeling in the pit of my stomach was not pleasant.)
Losing the laptop is bad enough, of course, but the data on those machines is the real problem. Beyond the direct monetary costs of lost data, you also become vulnerable to compliance issues and indirect costs if you have to notify customers that you've "misplaced" their proprietary information.
So what are cash strapped, time challenged small and midsize companies supposed to do?
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Well, hanging on to your laptop is always a good idea, but as bMighty blogger Matthew McKenzie points out in our latest downloadable How-To Guide: Protecting Laptop Data, "simply protecting laptop data with encryption technology can minimize or eliminate these risks."
Sounds good, right? But how do you do it without spending all your time and money?
The answer, according to McKenzie, is to engage a managed service provider to hande it for you:
"Managed backup and restore services ensure that laptop data is backed up seamlessly, no matter where a user works, without relying on manual backup processes. Managed data-encryption solutions help guarantee that unauthorized users never gain access to sensitive business data if a laptop is stolen, even if it is offline or disassembled."
The Guide explains what these managed services actually do, wyhat they protect you from, and how to choose the right service for your company's needs.