One of the easiest ways to compromise a network is for somebody to gain access to a machine that’s been left unattended. Not convinced this is a likely scenario? Have you ever witnessed somebody momentarily leaving their laptop to go pick up their drink order at the coffee shop? Or maybe you once saw somebody on a flight leave their machine unattended for a few minutes while they hit the lavatory? These are just the right moments where somebody close by can quickly install a keylogger with a USB stick. It can happen, it has happened, and is why setting screen saver lock across your Windows fleet is a great system policy.
If you are using the right tools, enforcing policies like screen saver lock doesn’t have to be complicated, and we’re not just saying that. To prove it, we’ll walk you through how easy it is to configure JumpCloud’s screen saver lock policy in this blog post. But first, let’s take a look at why you should consider enforcing a screen saver lock policy.
Why Setting Screen Saver Lock Matters
A machine that’s left alone and isn’t locked is perhaps the easiest target there is for attackers. Think about all of the digital assets typically left open on a computer. An email account is probably open, maybe a few web-based applications are in use, and perhaps even a financial account is available. With email alone, a person with malicious intent can reset passwords to any accounts tied to that email. Leaving systems alone without the screen locked is a recipe for disaster to say the least.
A simple solution, of course, is to encourage your team to lock their machine whenever it is left unattended, whether that is in the office, at home, or out in the world. Most of your users will have the best of intentions to do that and likely will. However, what happens when they forget accidentally? Is their machine wide open? It doesn’t need to be when you implement JumpCloud® Directory-as-a-Service® .
Setting Screen Saver Lock Across Windows Systems with JumpCloud
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*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from JumpCloud authored by Natalie Bluhm. Read the original post at: https://jumpcloud.com/blog/setting-screen-saver-lock-across-your-windows-fleet/