Wednesday I was talking to a team of leaders about security in the enterprise and basically charged them to be involved and thinking about protecting our IP. Security is personal, right? One of the slides I used talked about the need to physically secure your endpoints (smartphones, laptop, ipads, etc.).
That night I went to dinner with friends and returned to my hotel room to find my door unlocked and open with the door security bar blocking its closing. The lights were out.
I was not amused. Housekeeping had returned some laundry to my room and failed to properly close the door. Fortunately nothing was missing and that includes my laptop and iPad.
The point of all this is that you can do all the right things and you can still fall victom to carelessness through no fault of your own. And you must prepare for just that kind of problem too.
You can’t foresee every possible problem, but you can always keep taking steps to protect yourself and your enterprise. In my case I had locked up my laptop and iPad before leaving the room and they were out of sight.
I just thought it was ironic that I’m talking about physical security of endpoints before lunch and then experiencing it directly after dinner.