Now hardware is an essential component of information asset control of hardware equipment mainly involves the following step: identifying the hardware information asset and recording the hardware right from the procurement stage.
Classifying the hardware on the basis of factors like critical monetary value, keeping an inventory control, monitoring the movement of Hardware, inter-department, intra department and constantly reviewing the controls initiated for their adequacy and effectiveness.
Now this is the basic hardware and physical control which the organization’s need to have. Every organization needs to know that
What is the hardware equipment?
What are the hardware computer peripherals which are there in their organization?
So you need to be able to trace that hardware which should be distinctly identifiable and this is one of the most important and critical factors for making sure that you have hardware and physical controls in your organization.
Now barcoding is one of the most effective ways to control this and it should be done on every equipment or the hardware device which you have in your organization which is the first point of entry into the organization.
Now such a system will ensure foolproof maintenance of not just physical entry of hardware equipment but also it will help for financial and accounting purposes.
Now barcode scanners should be made available in every department in the organization and should be used even for the smallest item recorded.
This will definitely have a better result in terms of overall management of the assets of the organization as well.
So nowadays, there are 2D barcodes which are capable of recording more information about the product name, price quality or description.
The earlier barcode readers were very simple and were very cheap as well which recorded very limited information but the new 2D barcodes are capable of securing more information.
Now there are mobile phones that can also read barcodes and scan code and the malls. If you go you will find these types of controls.
Now the form of control which is very popular these days is called RFID Circuit which is also called Radio Frequency Identification.
This can also be used for hardware tracing and monitoring for tracking employees movement inside a huge office complex.
RFID tags are affixed to the equipment or as a part of employee personnel. An employee’s supposed to carry it like a smart card or other cards. It works as an antenna circuit designed with RF signals getting radiated while barcoding is much less than one rupee per equipment.
It is a bit costly but it goes to a different level altogether. You can use an RFID reader to identify an object from 3 to 4 meters depending upon the capacity. So in a way you are securing more information if you are using an RFID circuit.