Running your business might leave you asking technology-related questions: Which antivirus should I use? Should I upgrade to Windows 8? BlackBerry, Android or iPhone? However, you probably fret the most over protecting your company’s portable equipment and the valuable data they contain from lurking thieves and careless employees.
According to Robert Lemos’ article on InfoWorld, one in 10 company laptops will be misplaced or stolen during their three-year lifetime, together with thousands of dollars’ worth of information. Experts said this “lost laptop epidemic” in Corporate America is worsened by incompetent protection and inaction.
Losing your equipment can lead to a larger mishap — losing trade secrets, backups, sensitive company data, and your clients’ information. Under several new federal and state laws, your company might be even required to publicly declare the loss. While this can injure and embarrass your company, losing your clients’ information is another story. Kevin Beaver, an independent security consultant, said this can set off lawsuits due to negligence. (more…)