Several vendors offer delete-after-it-is-stolen solutions. Suppose a covered laptop containing confidential data is stolen. An administrator can tell a centralized control program that the laptop has been stolen. When the stolen laptop is plugged in and hooked to the Internet for the first time, a hidden client-side app dials home and gets the self-destruct order to format itself. The client-side software program is often configured to self-destruct if it hasn’t reached its server program in X number of days.
The call for ILP is being heard far and wide. Many CSOs are focusing on easy-to-see, high-risk data areas such as lost or stolen laptops. Most are buying encryption products for mobile computing devices and media as a matter of course. Most USB flash memory drives come with built-in encryption. Tape backup software is making its encryption option easy to find and enable. Encryption providers are seeing huge sales growth. OS vendors, such as Microsoft, are providing built-in disk or volume encryption products.
ILP is more than just another acronym; it should be high on your to-do list this year. Otherwise you might be hearing about your oversight on the evening news.