SOURCE: Aberdeen Group

Aberdeen Group

March 16, 2010 11:00 ET

Laptop Lost or Stolen? Five Questions to Ask and Answer

Top Performers Avoid Hundreds of Data Loss or Exposure Incidents Through Encryption and Anti-Theft, While Also Reducing the Net Number of Lost, Stolen or Missing Endpoints

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - March 16, 2010) - Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks Company (NYSE: HHS), today released a new research study which found that for every 100 enterprise endpoints that go out, only 85 come back -- 5 are lost or stolen, 1 of these is successfully recovered, and 11 are missing and unaccounted for. The "Laptop Lost or Stolen? Five Questions to Ask and Answer" report notes that compared to all others in the study, the top performers realize $44 per endpoint in cost savings from reducing the net number of lost, stolen and missing endpoints, and tens of millions of dollars in costs are avoided by averting more than 2-times the number of data loss or data exposure incidents.

When the lost or stolen laptop happens to you -- and the chances are extremely good that it will -- there are five key questions to ask and answer: What happened? What assets are at risk? What protections were in place? Where is it now? And, can we prevent future occurrences? Aberdeen's research shows that the best practice is to protect against data loss or data exposure, by encrypting sensitive information, and by remotely destroying or "wiping" the data or remotely disabling or "killing" the platform. The top performers also reduce the number of endpoints that go lost, stolen or unaccounted for, by maintaining accurate asset tracking information and by leveraging anti-theft technologies to deter future occurrences.

"Companies have prioritized their investments based on cost avoidance from the potential loss or exposure of their sensitive data," said Derek E. Brink, vice president and research fellow for IT Security, Aberdeen Group. "But it's worth noting that the opportunity for concrete cost savings is also quite significant, based on a reduction in the net number of endpoints that are lost, stolen, or missing."

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