Problem solve Get help with specific problems with your technologies, process and projects.

Hardware security

Changing something as common as fasteners could help you keep your hardware from being taken.

Being a systems manager involves dealing not only with software, but with hardware as well. We had problems of having hard disks being stolen or changed (a 40 GB hard disk was "replaced" by a 1.2 GB one...), the same happening to processors, higher speed CD-ROMs, video capture cards and memory.

We solved the problem by changing all screws in our computers -- those used to fasten motherboards, hard drives, CD-ROMs and cards -- to Bristol fasteners that need a special tool to be removed. We also changed the ones used to close the computer case. Now the technician needs four different screwdrivers to open the cases. It's a little nuisance that helps prevent those thefts. Maybe this is not the ultimate solution for this kind of problem, but it surely helped a lot!

This was last published in October 2001

Dig Deeper on Network intrusion detection and prevention and malware removal

Start the conversation

Send me notifications when other members comment.

By submitting you agree to receive email from TechTarget and its partners. If you reside outside of the United States, you consent to having your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States. Privacy

Please create a username to comment.