[unisog] Flat Panel Security Summary
dax at resnet.ucsb.edu
Fri Jan 17 16:50:27 GMT 2003
If I may add my belated two cents to this matter, I recently
placed an order to Kensignton for ~30 locks and cables to secure a
combination of PCs, flat panel monitors, G4 towers, and Apple Cinema
Displays. It turned out the order wouldn't be here by the time I needed
it, so rang up AnchorPad and placed a rush order for the same types of
locks/cables that I was getting from Kensignton.
I pulled one lock/cable combo set out of the box from AnchorPad
and nearly laughed fell over from laughter...the units were a joke, and
look like they would have buckled from a particularly virulent fart.
The Kensigntons arrived the next day, so the AnchorPads are being
For what it's worth...
On Thu, 16 Jan 2003, Walter G. Aiello wrote:
> There was a small number of responses to my inquiry on
> physical security for flat panel displays, with several
> people asking for a summary. Rather than wait for more
> responses here goes:
> One person reported their experience with Anchorpad,
> which is a, "decent cable and adhesive pad method, once
> hardened to the device it can not be removed without
> breaking the plastic it is attached to." However it was
> also found that somebody armed with a butane torch and
> boltcutters could melt the loop on the adhesive pad and
> cut the cable. The Adhesivepad loop could also be melted
> by heating a paperclip with a lighter and pulling it
> through the loop.
> Others used in house solutions, and home made cables
> running through the Kensington security slots that come
> with most flat panel displays.
> Yet another built cages secured from under the table for
> the computers. For the flat panel displays they use either
> security cables attached either with special screws that
> replace existing screws in the back of the flat panel, or
> by cables attached with glue-on connectors. The company
> that supplies these also touts a sonic shock alarm which
> makes an obnoxious noise for about two hours after the
> cable is cut and a PC Tab which is supposed to protect
> against theft of the system and also protects against RAM
> chip theft.
> Our displays are in a fairly protected area open only to
> a limited number of doctors. So we really need something
> that would keep a basically honest person honest. Further,
> the doctors generally like to reposition the monitors to
> some degree, so an adhesive pad would not be an option.
> It would appear that suitably attached cables, possibly
> with other devices such as the sonic alarm or the PC Tab
> alarm system would satisfy our needs.
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