Intel tests remote kill switches on laptops

Wednesday - 6/30/2010, 5:04pm EDT

NASA CISO Jerry Davis talks with WFED's Tom Temin

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  • Intel is testing out a remote kill switch for laptops. The new anti-theft technology will give a remote command to a laptop to disable access to the computer's operating or encryption system. Intel says the technology is simple to use and will act as a deterrent to laptop theft. There will also be an auto disable feature, if the it does not call home regularly. Infosecuritymag.com reports, laptop thieves will be left with a high tech doorstop on their hands when the anti-theft technology is triggered.

  • NASA's CISO is changing the way the agency complies with FISMA. He's pushing a concept called continuous monitoring, and on this week's Federal Security Spotlight, he tells host Tom Temin more about his actions and why he thinks it will help the agency in the future. Listen to the whole show tomorrow at 10 a.m.

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