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Autonomic control of Access Based on Physical Location

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000018729D
Original Publication Date: 2003-Aug-04
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Aug-04
Document File: 1 page(s) / 36K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

A method to increase security of mobile PCs correlating to location that is not dependent upon user adherence to security practices.

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Autonomic control of Access Based on Physical Location

The usage model for Personal Computer is rapidly evolving on two fronts: mobility and connectivity. The promise of connectivity anytime and anyplace is becoming a reality. The combination of a notebook and wireless connectivity (LAN & WAN) allows a user to be connective and productive at work, home, or traveling. This ability is creating a new mobile work force.

This mobility is increasing productivity of workers, but increases the need for security. Stationary PC in locked building with controlled access behind corporate firewalls are significantly more secure than mobile laptops. Security in laptops can be increased by use of password and encryption of files. but this dependent on the user behavior to setup and maintain.

What is needed is a method to increase security of mobile PCs correlating to location that is not dependent upon user adherence to security practices.

There are vertical environments (school, data entry) where control use of the PC is tightly correlated to a physical location (class room/campus, work location) . In that different students/users can freely use PCs without need for passwords or logins. In this environment, it is important to have a deterrent to minimize theft of device.

The invention allows the administrator to setup a system access policy that is based on physical location and provide theft deterrent. The first aspect of the invention is the ability for Mobile devices to det...