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Laptop Security Measures. Cyber Security Month October 2006. What are we going to talk about today?. Keeping your laptop safe & secure Traveling with a laptop Policies Resources. Laptop Security, How to keep it safe and secure.

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Laptop Security Measures

Cyber Security Month

October 2006


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What are we going to talk about today?

  • Keeping your laptop safe & secure

  • Traveling with a laptop

  • Policies

  • Resources


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Laptop Security, How to keep it safe and secure

  • Register your personal computer or laptop with the manufacturer

    • Will ‘flag’ it if a thief ever sends it in for maintenance

    • Increases your odds of getting it back

  • Write down your laptop’s serial number and store it in a safe place

  • Get a cable lock and use it!

    • Over 80% of laptops on the market are equipped with a Universal Security Slot (USS)

    • Allows laptop to be attached to a cable lock or laptop alarm

    • Between $30-$50 at office supply stores or online

    • Tubular locks are preferable to the common tumbler lock design

    • Tether laptop to a strong immovable and unbreakable object


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  • Use tracking software to have your laptop call home

    • Stealthy software solutions that enable your laptop to check in to a tracking center periodically using a traceable signal

    • If your laptop is lost or stolen, these agencies work with the police, phone company, and internet service providers to track and recover your laptop

    • Most services are under $100


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  • Choose a secure operating system and lock it down!

    • Windows 2000 Professional and Windows XP Professional both offer secure logon, file security, and the ability to encrypt data

    • If you are using Windows NT/2000/XP on your laptop, use the NTFS file system to protect your data from laptop thieves who may try to access your data


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  • The Administrator Account

    • Create a separate local account with administrative rights (give it a complex password)

    • Disable The Administrator Account (XP Pro and 2000 Pro)

    • Do not log onto your computer as an ‘administrator’

    • Disabling the Administrator account will stop some amateur hackers cold, and will annoy the more determined ones

  • Backup Backup Backup!!

    • Always backup your laptop before you do any extended traveling that may put your data at risk


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  • When traveling…

    • Never assume your laptop will be safe just sitting around

    • Use a non descript carrying case

      • Consider buying a form fitting padded sleeve for your laptop

      • Carry it in a backpack, courier bag, briefcase, or other common non descript carrying case

    • When flying, never check your laptop and never leave your laptop unattended

    • If you keep you laptop in your hotel room, anchor it securely to a metal post or fixed object


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  • Make security a habit

    • Get into the habit of locking your laptop up when you’re not working with it or when storing it

    • Use common sense when traveling

    • Try to stay in physical contact with your laptop at all times


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  • Policies

    • View them at the http://cybersecurity.gonzaga.edu website

    • Workstation Security

      • Gonzaga University workstation users will use workstations in a manner appropriate to the sensitivity of the information contained on university IT assets and will minimize the possibility of unauthorized access to such information

      • Only authorized personnel will access electronic data, including the hardware and/or software on which the data is stored. Users must authenticate prior to use of resources

      • Confidential and sensitive data should be stored on centralized server(s)


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  • User Responsibilities

    • All users must log out or lock their computers when they leave for the day

    • All computers should remain powered on in order to facilitate patching and upgrading computers with minimal impact to users

    • Auto lock screen savers will be utilized to lock the workstation after no more than thirty (30) minutes of inactivity

    • User access will be granted in accordance with the Acceptable Use Policy


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  • User privileges on the workstation shall be restricted to the minimum necessary level of access for that user to perform their work, this is the default configuration for all users

  • Locking workstations does not prevent data loss. It is recommended that users save work frequently and prior to leaving their workstation


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  • Mobile Computing

    • Mobile computer users are responsible for backing up data stored on the mobile computer on a regular basis. Sensitive information must be backed up after each use

    • Mobile computing data backups must not be stored with the mobile device

    • Passwords and user identifications must not be stored with the mobile device

    • When traveling, equipment (and media) should not be left unattended in public places; portable computers should be carried as hand luggage

    • Loss of mobile computing equipment – refer to the Mobile Computing Policy ITS124

    • Backing up data on mobile devices – refer to the Mobile Computing Policy ITS124


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  • Resources

    • http://www.lojackforlaptops.com/learn-more-lojack-for-laptops.asp

    • http://www.secure-it.com/shop/index.php/cPath/54

    • http://www.xtool.com/p_computertracker.asp

    • http://www.ztrace.com/zTraceGold.asp