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    Default More than half of organizations lose data through unsecured mobile devices

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    Thought this was useful information for employers out there:

    Smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices are becoming as common in the workplace as fax machines and calculators used to be. But while 71 percent of Canadians surveyed by the Ponemon Institute for content security provider Websense, Inc., says that the use of mobile devices in the workplace is important to achieving business objectives, 72 percent also say that these devises put their organizations at risk. Further, only half of the 400 Canadian organizations surveyed said they have the necessary security controls to address the risk.

    More than half – 58 percent – of the organizations in this study experienced data loss resulting from employee use of insecure mobile devices, including laptops, smartphones, USB devices, and tablets. Canada and Italy ranked the highest out of the 12 countries surveyed for mobile data loss.

    “IT has spent years working on desktop security and trying to prevent data loss over web and email channels—but mobile devices are radically changing the game,” said Fiaaz Walji, Websense Canadian Country Manager. “Tablets and iOS devices are replacing corporate laptops as employees bring-their-own-devices to work and access corporate information. These devices open the door to unprecedented loss of sensitive data. IT needs to be concerned about the data that mobile devices access and not the device itself.”

    More findings from the survey:

    Forty-five percent of respondents report that employees circumvent or disengage security features, such as passwords and key locks, on corporate and personal mobile devices.

    Seventy-one percent of respondents agree that the use of mobile devices in the workplace is important to achieving business objectives. A similar percentage (72 percent) believes that these tools put their organizations at risk. Only half of the organizations have the necessary security controls to address the risk, and only six percent say that all employees are compliant and five percent do not know.

    Sixty-two percent of respondents say that over the past 12 months, their organizations experienced an increase in malware infections as a result of insecure mobile devices in the workplace. Twenty-six percent of respondents say that mobile devices are responsible for an increase of more than 50 percent in malware infections. And, out of the 12 countries surveyed, Canada made the top three for the highest amount of infections.

    Sixty-five percent of respondents are most concerned with employees taking photos or videos in the workplace—probably due to fears about the theft or exposure of confidential information.



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    Very Very True. Secure those networks everyone.
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