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Larry Ponemon talks Laptop Security

By: Absolute Team | 4/7/2009

Dr. Larry Ponemon, chairman and founder of the Ponemon Institute, a private company specializing in security research, sat down with Digital Nomads to talk about laptop security.

The interview references a Dell / Ponemon study in 2008 that indicated that 12,000 laptops per week were lost by business travelers each week in US airports.

Dr. Ponemon talks to the human element to information security - the reality that though technology is there to solve information security issues, there is a rogue element in the people who use the technology. Using the 80/20 rule, the 20% of information security that "people" are responsible for can cause 80% of the damage. Dr. Ponemon reminds organizations that they need to keep up their training and awareness campaigns in order to ensure that negligent employees know more about the consequences of their actions.

The video is very interesting, talking about mobile security, managing user-downloaded software, and creating practical solutions for people to keep using their mobile devices in a secure and useful way. The video also talks about the differences between large and small companies for information security, about keeping ahead of security issues, being mindful of risk and more.

And don't forget to check out the Absolute and Ponemon Study on the Human Factor in Laptop Encryption.