No Computer This Morning...



  • So I walk in this morning to this...I was most confused, as I didn't take my laptop home on Thursday and was out on Friday...went to my managers and they said the Team Lead might have locked it up for security reasons and then said how I should bring it home for security reasons and in case of inclimate weather...neither of those make sense to me, as the physical security at this place is nuts, and Texas does get inclimate weather in the winter.

    As I was writing this, I literally had one of the other techs from another row walk up and hand me my computer. Yup, they'd locked it up for security reasons. Oh well, just a late start to the day. Yup, it's Monday...
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  • It was there when I left, I swear! But I was trying to figure out if I'd taken it home, which I was sure I hadn't, and aye yie yie! I was so confused!



  • I've never heard of a place expecting you to cart your laptop back and forth all of the time. Optionally, sure. Very odd. And for security reasons? That makes no sense. Surely the office is more secure than your apartment or, even worse, your car. And what if you walked to work?



  • @scottalanmiller said:

    I've never heard of a place expecting you to cart your laptop back and forth all of the time. Optionally, sure. Very odd. And for security reasons? That makes no sense. Surely the office is more secure than your apartment or, even worse, your car. And what if you walked to work?

    Yeah, I know. They have keycard coded floor-to-ceiling turnstile-style doors and then the doors to each floor require your keycard again. If they'are afraid of the maintenance/cleaning staff stealing, what's that say about their hiring process? And the inclimate weather portion makes me laugh...



  • I had a laptop stolen once. Someone walked in to our offices in the middle of the day, down a long corridor, in to my office, took the laptop and walked out, in full view of several staff. I was in the office next door, chatting to someone. I was only out of my office for about five minutes. No-one challenged him because they just assumed I must know him - they just couldn't comprehend that someone would have the balls to do such a robbery. It was probably a delivery driver who asked someone if he could use the toilet.



  • That's one of the reasons, but normally a pretty minor one, for why I don't like laptops as desktop replacements much of the time. Desktops are built to be stationary, part of the real estate. Laptops are meant to pack up and leave. They are designed to be small, mobile and to look normal being carried out of a facility. In this day and age it seems really odd to have laptops in use instead of desktops since you rarely wants data residing on the device.



  • @Carnival-Boy said:

    I had a laptop stolen once. Someone walked in to our offices in the middle of the day, down a long corridor, in to my office, took the laptop and walked out, in full view of several staff. I was in the office next door, chatting to someone. I was only out of my office for about five minutes. No-one challenged him because they just assumed I must know him - they just couldn't comprehend that someone would have the balls to do such a robbery. It was probably a delivery driver who asked someone if he could use the toilet.

    If that happened, we'd have bigger issues.



  • @scottalanmiller said:

    That's one of the reasons, but normally a pretty minor one, for why I don't like laptops as desktop replacements much of the time. Desktops are built to be stationary, part of the real estate. Laptops are meant to pack up and leave. They are designed to be small, mobile and to look normal being carried out of a facility. In this day and age it seems really odd to have laptops in use instead of desktops since you rarely wants data residing on the device.

    Our hard drives are fully encrypted, so even if someone stole it, unless it was still logged in, then they'd get nothing.



  • And the boot process is secured by our AD creds. So they can't even get past the encryption boot screen without credentials.



  • @thanksaj said:

    Our hard drives are fully encrypted, so even if someone stole it, unless it was still logged in, then they'd get nothing.

    Still disruptive. They are getting not only an expensive device, but your device and now you can't work until it is replaced, and if you stored data on the drive, it is gone.



  • @scottalanmiller said:

    @thanksaj said:

    Our hard drives are fully encrypted, so even if someone stole it, unless it was still logged in, then they'd get nothing.

    Still disruptive. They are getting not only an expensive device, but your device and now you can't work until it is replaced, and if you stored data on the drive, it is gone.

    As far as important files, we really don't have anything. Our COE laptops are loaded with all the programs we need. The only important data I keep locally is a few reference documents for the products I support.



  • @thanksaj said:

    As far as important files, we really don't have anything. Our COE laptops are loaded with all the programs we need. The only important data I keep locally is a few reference documents for the products I support.

    What's the purpose of having a stateful laptop, then, if there isn't data stored on it?



  • @scottalanmiller said:

    @thanksaj said:

    As far as important files, we really don't have anything. Our COE laptops are loaded with all the programs we need. The only important data I keep locally is a few reference documents for the products I support.

    What's the purpose of having a stateful laptop, then, if there isn't data stored on it?

    We have a VPN setup, so we can work from home if we have to.



  • Home come they don't provide a dock with a lock on it?



  • @Nic that's what I would expect to see.



  • @thanksaj said:

    @scottalanmiller said:

    What's the purpose of having a stateful laptop, then, if there isn't data stored on it?

    We have a VPN setup, so we can work from home if we have to.

    That's not a good reason. Why a VPN from a laptop rather than a remote access gateway? What is the value of the VPN? Obviously they see it as a security concern.



  • @Nic said:

    Home come they don't provide a dock with a lock on it?

    Because that would make sense.



  • @scottalanmiller said:

    @thanksaj said:

    @scottalanmiller said:

    What's the purpose of having a stateful laptop, then, if there isn't data stored on it?

    We have a VPN setup, so we can work from home if we have to.

    That's not a good reason. Why a VPN from a laptop rather than a remote access gateway? What is the value of the VPN? Obviously they see it as a security concern.

    I don't make the decisions or get told why things are the way they are. I just have what I have.


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