Thanks to laptops, tablets, smartphones and mobile connectivity, many organizations, big and small, have allowed their workforce to become more mobile; under the guise of flexibility and efficiency. Industries across the board, from Healthcare, Financial Services to Energy and Utilities are all embracing mobile working and many employees are using their own devices for work.
So, how have organizations been impacted by BYOD? We surveyed 500 IT Managers to find out.
Our survey found that:
· 44% of organizations suffered laptop theft
· 67% of laptop thefts occur in the office
· 90% of organizations have had a laptop stolen from an employee’s home
With more sensitive information now being stored on laptops, tablets and even smartphones, it is essential that all possible measures are taken to protect against theft but all too often the focus is purely on data security with no or little thought given to the physical security of devices, but with increasingly sophisticated hackers, if you loose the device then more than likely you will not only loose the data on that device but it becomes anyone’s for the right price.
A robust IT protection policy will not only cover data security but also the physical security of a device, there are a number of solutions that can offer a good level of physical protection. One of the most well known solutions providers in the space of physical security is Kensington who were the one of the first to bring out locks for the laptop, these tether notebook PCs to a desk or other secure object.
Since the majority of stolen devices are never recovered it makes sense to employ multiple preventative measures for both the physical device and the data stored on it – there is safety in numbers.
Download our findings and 4 Steps to Better Security In The BYOD Era Recommendations at www.kensington.com