What constitutes sensitive data these days? Due to the increased threat of data breaches, identity theft, and cyber attacks, the definition of sensitive data has been expanded to include just about any type of digital information that is routinely stored in a business laptop.
Protecting Private Information on Business Networks
From personally identifying information to intellectual property and from human resources databases to patient records protected by HIPAA, sensitive data kept in business laptops has become a very sensitive issue these days. In October 2017, the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office was very concerned about the theft of an employee’s laptop because it stored details about ongoing homicide investigations. In rural Virginia, a healthcare clinic rushed to secure its network after the laptop of an IT manager was stolen; the employee explained that his Windows personal settings could allow anyone to gain administrative privileges and automatically connect to the network he managed.
Methods of Securing Data on Laptops
A modern security measure to protect sensitive data in case of laptop theft is to never store any data locally by using the machine strictly as a client; in other words, the data is remotely stored away in a secure system such as SonicCloud. All company laptops can be configured to access the cloud via VPN connections for maximum security, and a content security policy can be set so that sensitive data is always kept in the network.
Other security measures that can be implemented would be biometric access; a portable, USB fingerprint scanner can be used when the laptop lacks this feature. Windows 10 has security features that can be easily configured: Windows Hello supports biometrics as well as two-factor authentication, and there’s also BitLocker for the purpose of encrypting folders or even the entire hard drive if needed.