Monday, March 5th, 2012
Your computer may be safe, but if you use your phone for work you may be significantly increasing your company’s risk for data theft. In a recent study seeking to better understand global mobility risks revealed that 51 percent of organizations that lose data do so via mobile phones and tablets. The problem is that mobile devices are essential to a lot of businesses, but there are not many companies who know how to protect their data, much less enforce mobile regulations.
More than half of employees who use portable and mobile devices for work take data from their companies every day. This has led to seventy-five percent of companies losing data from mere neglect alone. With IT departments focusing primarily on computer security, there is a large hole for hackers to gain entrance and steal confidential data. Add this to the fact that twenty percent of companies have no idea how to handle the problem, and we begin to see the scale of this issue.
However, if you are a little more conscious of the problem, you can steer your company away from conceivable data security risks in the future. A few ways around this issue is for your company to make sure data is encrypted on every mobile device and adding a “remote kill” switch in case any devices are lost or stolen. You can also add a content audit on all devices so you know what info has been lost or stolen. Other than that, you should encourage a strict mobile policy to protect company data, something that might take a little bit of employee training and time. Here’s Business Solutions’ thoughts on mobility and company data security: