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IT chiefs neglecting to offer laptop back-up

Cliff Saran
The majority of laptop users do not have their systems backed up to a corporate server, a survey conducted by research company Solo Logic for Computer Associates has found.

In the survey of 600 senior IT managers across the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Sweden, 83% of respondents admitted they offered no way for end-users to back-up data on their laptop hard discs automatically.

One problem for the IT director is that laptops can easily be lost or stolen. Mark Ellis, director of storage and information at CA, said that, in his experience, end-users were increasingly using laptops for non-business use, which puts the laptop at risk of being stolen or damaged.

In particular, he said, "Many people take their laptops on holiday to download digital images from their camera's memory cards."

Another problem Ellis pointed out was that drivers would perch the laptop on the armrest of their cars so that passengers in the back seat could use it to watch a DVD. "Many IT directors are unaware that people use laptops in this way," he said.

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