Don’t Forget the Physical for PC Security

You guard against the loss of data by storing it on the cloud, implement security software to protect your computers against malware and require users to change their passwords every six months. However, these safeguards offer no comfort if a thief breaks into your office to steal hardware or an employee forgets a company laptop on a bus. You must also implement procedures to physically secure your hardware.

Put good locks on the server room door and create policies to use those locks every time the room is unoccupied. Only authorized people should have the keys and be allowed access to the room. While you are at it, store unused computers, portables, backup media and sensitive printed material in that room.

Face screens away from any windows so prying eyes cannot glean what is being typed. Even if nobody is directly outside looking in, spies from far away or in neighboring buildings can use high-powered telescopes and cameras to view your displays. Users who step away from their desks should switch their monitors off either automatically with screensavers or manually to prevent data from being left on display.

Lock portables, tablets and other handhelds in desk drawers when not in use. If they must be exposed to public areas, such as at the desk of a receptionist, secure them to an immovable structure using a cable lock. If a portable device must go outside of your building, put it in a case or bag that can be locked up.

These are just some of the measures you can implement for physical PC security. If you would like more information or would like to discuss a total security solution for you, please contact us today.

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