5.3 Laptop PC


A portable Personal Computer (Laptop, Notebook) is understood to be a commercially available IBM-compatible PC run with DOS or a comparable operating system. It is equipped with a floppy disk drive and a hard disk. Data transmission devices (modem) are not dealt with here (c.f. Chapter 7.2.). The outstanding design features of this PC are its mobile operational capabilities, including the internal power supply. It is assumed here that the portable PC will be operated by only one user at any time. Any subsequent change of users is also considered.

Threat Scenario

The following typical threats (T) are assumed as regards IT baseline protection of a laptop PC:

Force Majeure:

Organisational Shortcomings:

Human Failure:

Technical Failure:

Deliberate Acts:

Recommended Countermeasures (S)

For the implementation of IT baseline protection, selection of the required packages of safeguards ("modules") as described in chapters 2.3 and 2.4, is recommended.

In the following, the safeguard group "Laptop PC" is set out:





Contingency Planning:

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