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Securing Windows Workstations In Real Time

Written by  Steve Sussman Wednesday, 21 November 2007 23:54

Effectively protecting business-critical information, particularly the growing amount stored on distributed desktops, remote and laptop computers, represents one of the greatest challenges facing information technology (IT) professionals today. Complicating the problem is the fact that while the importance of business information is increasing, so is the difficulty of managing it and keeping it available. This is due, in part, to the increasing data volume on desktop and laptop computers and the increasing complexity of the software and hardware on these machines. The financial impact of information loss is high. It is costly to recreate lost data, and there are significant related costs such as lost productivity and lost opportunity. (Consider the impact of a sales representative losing all customer and prospect contact information on a laptop computer due to a hard disk crash.) In addition, it is costly to keep desktop and laptop computers up and running. Bringing a loaded computer