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Emerging Enterprise: Desktop Management

Some organizations that don't need high-performance PCs are issuing only laptops to enable their workforces to be more mobile. This is a win-win for employees and companies, but laptops present unique challenges. A big consideration, besides the initial cost premium, is that laptops are harder to secure--they're not only more likely to be stolen (along with your data) but users may bring nasties back from their travels. Insist that desktop firewalls and antivirus programs be kept up-to-date. If your laptop users want to connect to your internal network over the Internet, budget for enough VPN tunnels. You may even want to consider a network access-control system, like StillSecure's clientless Safe Access. Protecting 50 nodes, with one year's maintenance and upgrades, will run you $2,000.

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