Remote Security For Notebooks: Even When They Are Turned Off

One of the horrors of any company is having someone email you or rush into your office to tell you that their notebook computer with databases of proprietary company information or personnel information has been stolen.

Often times the thieves take the notebook in a “crime of opportunity” and just sell the notebook for some quick cash. However, let’s say they, or who they sell it to, first look into the computer to see what valuable data they can get from it. You, your customers, your employees and others are in big trouble.
There’s software, such as PC Phone Home that can lock your computer when it goes online. But you have to hope the thief is stupid enough to to id.
Alcatel-Lucent recently announced a new product – OmniAccess 3500 Nonstop Laptop Guardian – that’s so much better.
The OmniAccess 3500 Nonstop Laptop Guardian uses wireless broadband to enable you to remotely destroy vital information on your notebook. Whether the computer is on or off, online or offline, it doesn’t matter.
The self powered card has its own Internet connection and can be the last line of defense you have for a lost or stolen notebook.
With this solution, IT departments are able to enforce policies for compliance, protect and recover stolen devices, and deliver patches and upgrades to an increasingly mobile workforce, thereby increasing productivity and efficiency.
“With close to 50 percent of all new PCs in the enterprise being laptops, and with 81 percent of companies reporting they’ve lost at least one laptop containing sensitive information in the last 12 months (according to CSO Magazine), the problems around managing remote laptops are becoming acute.