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Security Cable Cover

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000109802D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-24
Document File: 3 page(s) / 81K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Nakamura, F: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed herein is a device for securing data in a PC (Personal Computer) to prevent it from being stolen or updated without authorization by covering the rear panel of a PC and locking all I/O cables connected therewith. The concept of the device is widely applicable to PCs which have I/O ports. (e.g., keyboard port, SCSI port, etc.)

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Security Cable Cover

       Disclosed herein is a device for securing data in a PC
(Personal Computer) to prevent it from being stolen or updated
without authorization by covering the rear panel of a PC and locking
all I/O cables connected therewith.  The concept of the device is
widely applicable to PCs which have I/O ports.  (e.g., keyboard port,
SCSI port, etc.)

      The connectors on the rear panel of a general PC are exposed.
This allows anyone to connect cables with the connectors, and update
or output data in the PC.  The device is an option assembly that a
user can install easily by himself after the initial installation of
the PC.  Once it is installed on a PC, all I/O cables connected with
it cannot be removed from the PC without unlocking a security key.
It prevents access to connectors and prevents data from being updated
or being accessed by an unauthorized person.

      The device consists of the following parts:
      - Base Cover: The Base Cover has four latches which fit in the
Inner Cover and Outer Cover.  With this structure, one cannot remove
the Cable Cover Assembly without unlocking a security key (Fig. 1).
      - Flexible Latch: Two flexible latches enable one-touch
installation of the Cable Cover Assembly (Fig. 2).
      - Micro Switch: While the Cable Cover Assembly is on a PC, a
Flexible Latch depresses the Micro Switch and it senses when the
Cable Cover Assembly is removed from a PC (Fig. 2).
      - Cable...