Almost half of mobile workers use smartphones for business but a third are not secured

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More evidence has shown that smartphones are being used by businesses without appropriate security.

Following claims earlier in the week by NCP that smartphones could lack security functions, Gary Clark, EMEA VP at SafeNet claimed that 45 per cent of the working population say they are required to access business-sensitive information remotely at least once a day. However one in three said that the data stored on, or accessed by, their company's mobile devices is not secure.

 

Research by SafeNet found that over 40 per cent of companies don't have official security guidelines, or policies, in place for employees to access company data remotely.

 

Clark said: “As mobile devices become more prevalent, an increasing number of people are working outside the traditional office firewall. But failing to implement security processes to protect the network means organisations are sitting on a security time-bomb which could threaten the reputation and future of the company itself.”

“Now is not the time to reduce levels of mobile data protection in an organisation. With the world in recession, we're likely to see a rise in ID fraud and data theft - businesses need to ensure they're protected against this.

 

“All organisations should identify process weaknesses, adopt robust security standards and encrypt sensitive data to ensure that all information – whether in use, at rest, or in motion – is protected at all times.”

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