Q

Setting a policy for laptop screensaver timeouts

I am the information security officer for a firm that has many salesmen in the field who use laptops as part of their client advising process. Are you aware of any study that gives guidelines for how high or low to set screensaver timeouts? Absent any kind of behavioral study, this decision seems to be made from the gut.
I'm not aware of any study, but one could certainly exist. The general best practice is to set the timeout so that it can provide adequate security and not be inconvenient to the user. I would suggest anwhere from 10-20 minutes. An even more critical issue to is train (and require) your users to lock their screens when they leave their PCs. If they're using Windows, that's just a matter of two quick steps: press Ctrl-Alt-Del and Enter (to select the Lock Computer option).
For more more info on this topic, visit these SearchSecurity.com resources:
  • Best Web Links: Mobile/handheld security
  • White papers
  • This was first published in October 2003

    Dig deeper on Client security

    Pro+

    Features

    Enjoy the benefits of Pro+ membership, learn more and join.

    Have a question for an expert?

    Please add a title for your question

    Get answers from a TechTarget expert on whatever's puzzling you.

    You will be able to add details on the next page.

    0 comments

    Oldest 

    Forgot Password?

    No problem! Submit your e-mail address below. We'll send you an email containing your password.

    Your password has been sent to:

    SearchCloudSecurity

    SearchNetworking

    SearchCIO

    SearchConsumerization

    SearchEnterpriseDesktop

    SearchCloudComputing

    ComputerWeekly

    Close