5 Steps to Prevent Mobile Device Theft and Loss
1. Set Guidelines: Update security
policies to set expectations
for use in and out of the classroom.
Equipment should be
locked at all times in areas open
to the public and at home, even
when in use.
2. Provide Information: Communicate
the threats and consequences
of laptop theft. For
example, 58 percent of laptops
are stolen from the office and 85
percent of managers suspect
3. Demonstrate Proper Lock
Usage: Choosing an easy to use
and quick locking system is critical.
4. Have a Backup Plan: Physically
securing a device is just the first
line of defense against data theft.
Creating a comprehensive security
plan is the most effective way to
protect your school. For example,
recommend never leaving a laptop
logged onto networks, email, or
Web sites, and always shutting
down or activating a password protected
5. Reward Compliance: Canvas
schools for proper use, rewarding
secure workstations and confiscating
Source: Kensington,”IDC Executive Brief:
Laptop theft—The internal and external
threats” and FBI Computer Survey, Abagnale,
F., Matt, B., & Glen, A., et al. (2005).