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Lock all laptops in your law department!

A member of DuPont’s IT organization who supports the company’s legal department wrote recently in Peer to Peer, Vol. 24, Nov. 2008 at 71, about protecting equipment. A poster that she had just seen dramatically warned people not to leave their computer unattended. “No excuses! Lock all laptops!” She makes an excellent point.

Everyone who works in a law department ought to be especially vigilant about equipment security, because some of the company’s most confidential information passes through their hands and computers. Security of information in legal offices is a concern; the security of laptops while traveling is an even more serious concern. In that regard, “approximately 3,000 [laptops] are found unattended every week at eight of the largest airports in Europe,” according to IP Rev., Winter 2008/09 at 25.