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GCN MARCH 2015 • GCN.COM 13 In a time when cybersecurity is every day’s front page news, a government employee’s lost or missing device can be a nightmare for an agency IT man- ager. One way to control this scenario would be to “freeze” the device so that it would be unusable until reactivated by administrators. Absolute Software Corp.’s Device Freeze Offline Policy enables this fix by letting IT managers set an automated freeze command for any device that remains offline for a specific period of time. The policy is engaged each time a device disconnects from the network. When this occurs, a timer is activated in the device with a duration assigned by IT. If the time elapses before the device makes contact with the Abso- lute Monitoring Center, the device will automatically freeze and the IT depart- ment will be alerted. The Device Freeze Offline Policy extends the security capabilities of the company’s Computrace service – which allows IT administrators to remotely control and secure IT assets using a cloud-based interface – to devices that may be unassigned or misplaced, the firm said in an an- nouncement. That way, forgotten devices are se- cured even if they remain in a dormant state, satisfying corporate and regula- tory concerns about data security and device usage. The Device Freeze Offline Policy is easily customizable and allows IT man- agers to define a window of time that best supports their security require- ments. To maintain oversight, a sum- mary reporting function also provides details on every endpoint that has been frozen, allowing administrators to investigate each device, validate its status and unlock devices that are not at risk. “Information security must be en- forceable even when a device is not plugged in or powered up,” said Geoff Haydon, CEO at Absolute Software. “With this policy, our customers can actively protect all of their devices – and the sensitive information they contain – regardless of Internet con- nection, user or location.” Device Freeze Offline Policy for Ab- solute Computrace is available now. • Software freezes devices that fall offline BY GCN STAFF 2015 FEDERAL EMPLOYEES ALMANAC The Almanac is your one-stop resource on federal policy information — used annually by thousands of federal employees to reference the latest 2015 rules, regulations, and procedures. NOW IN STOCK - ORDER TODAY! Single copies start as low as $23.95 Federal Soup subscribers save an additional 10%! FederalSoup.com/FedStore • 800-989 -3363 0315gcn_006-015.indd 13 3/5/15 12:41 PM