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What's your take on securing physical machines? Are laptop locks worth the expense or 'tie down brackets' the way to go? http://www.computersecurity.com/computer_cage/index.html laptops are in a secure room, bitlocker and domain logon needed. I have always thought cable locks are more of a deterrent than preventive. We are also are installing camera's that are tied to our public safety. Just trying to cover all tracks Thanks for your input, Russ Leathe Director Of Networking and Computer Services Gordon College

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At times we use cable locks depending on the use case. All of our laptops get STOP tags, which we find to be a good deterant. -------------------------------- Brian Basgen Acting Director of User Support Services & ISO Pima Community College Sent from my mobile device
Message from r-safian@northwestern.edu

I'm curious why laptops and not desktops? Aren't these machines expected to be mobile? >
A lot of the theft on our campus is casual and opportunistic, so laptop locks do help there. Not that people remember to use them much, but we do see obvious targets passed over occasionally, and we assume it's because of the locks. Is it worth it? I'm not sure, but I think we have a lot more unused locks on campus than used ones.

That said, if 3 guys show up with duffel bags and bolt cutters, with the intent of clearing a computer lab out, those locks aren't slowing them down much. After that, we installed alarm systems in the computer labs and on our LCD projectors.

--Adam

Message from valdis.kletnieks@vt.edu

On Thu, 24 May 2012 13:47:18 -0000, Russ Leathe said: > laptops are in a secure room, bitlocker and domain logon needed. Wow, those are required to get into the room? :) Those probably won't matter, unless you have students who are dumb enough to log onto their own userid before stealing the machine. Said students probably need to be weeded out somehow. On the other hand, if you have an ID reader connected to the door lock, then you may have something useful (except for those people who surf in while somebody else has the door open)... > I have always thought cable locks are more of a deterrent than preventive. *All* measures are deterrents, not preventive. You're just raising the bar to limit the number of people who are willing to try *that* hard to steal it. You'll never stop the determined and well-supplied super thief who wants to do it just for the challenge. Consider that even if you stick it in a bank vault, there are those who will tunnel in from underneath... > We are also are installing camera's that are tied to our public safety. That's actually probably one of the most effective things you could do. Oh, and make the cameras obvious. :)
Message from russ.leathe@gordon.edu

Thanks all for your excellent input! It's not that we are against securing desktops. The area we are concerned about has laptops only. We thought about guard dogs, but voted against it. :) Seriously, the best option(s) are multiple protection methods... If I read everyone's comments correctly. Many thanks! Russ
Defense in Depth is serious business.  Unless you put a dead bolt on a door with a full pane window insert.
 
BTW - do a youtube search on "kensington lock pick."  As many have said, these locks slow the amateur, and amuse the pro without a cable cutter.
 
Warn potential thiefs that all locks were treated with silver nitrate and it stains finger tips black.  Watch for anyone glancing at their hands.  ;-)
 
Bob
 
 
 
 
Robert E. Meyers,  Ms.Ed.
Manager, Security Awareness
  Information Security Services
West Virginia University
 
 
 
 

>>> Russ Leathe <Russ.Leathe@GORDON.EDU> 4:00 PM Thursday, May 24, 2012 >>>
Thanks all for your excellent input!

It's not that we are against securing desktops.  The area we are concerned about has laptops only.

We thought about guard dogs, but voted against it.  :)

Seriously, the best option(s) are multiple protection methods...  If I read everyone's comments correctly.

Many thanks!

Russ

Actually, the natural reaction is to look at your hands. The guilty party is the one that intentionally avoids looking at their hands... :-) -- Bruce Carter, Center for Creative Computing, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 46556
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