Employees Keeping Quiet on Potential Corporate Data Leaks
ABINGDON, England, April 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –
Research from Kaspersky Lab reveals poor mobile device management strategies leaving
business information exposed
European SMBs are exposing themselves to high risk of corporate data leaks with a lack
of understanding from the IT department around mobile device management and lackadaisical
employees. More than three quarters (77 per cent) of UK employees would omit from telling
their IT department about the theft or loss of a company owned device within an hour of
its loss, leaving the business at unnecessary risk of a potential data breach. New
research by TNS for Kaspersky Lab which questioned European SMBs shows that, in spite of
the recognised risk, 29 per cent of IT managers believe it would take an entire working
day to be informed. 25 per cent said it would take employees at least half a working day
to get round to telling them.
Worryingly these results show that if a corporate notebook, tablet or smartphone gets
stolen, thieves may have several hours to access the data on it before the IT department
is able to take preventative measures. This provides more than enough time for a
cybercriminal to siphon off sensitive business data, harvest contact details, read
corporate e-mails and even log into personal online accounts (e.g. Twitter, Facebook) and
change the passwords.
Despite a third of the European SMBs surveyed recognising that the loss or theft of a
smartphone could seriously compromise business integrity, only 35 per cent of IT managers
agreed that data encryption was a better method of protection than a simple password.
Alarmingly, 54 per cent of those surveyed believed that a password alone provides just as
much protection for sensitive data as encryption. This lack of understanding is a real
concern as businesses both large and small see flexible working and mobile devices as a
staple of the modern workplace. Greater recognition of the potential risks associated with
poor mobile device management is clearly needed.
“The ever-growing abilities of mobile devices make our lives much easier”, says David
Emm, senior security researcher, Kaspersky Lab. “However, what we don’t always consider,
is the ease with which such tools can be stolen, leaving a wealth of business critical
information in the hands of thieves. To a seasoned cybercriminal, it will take only a
matter of minutes to by-pass the four digit password protection used on most devices,
especially smartphones. If your mobile device is lost or stolen, it is critical that the
IT department is informed as fast as possible. They can then block access of this device
to the corporate network and, in the best case, wipe all of its data.”
Mobile Device Management solutions offer a variety of options to keep control over
devices which have left the enterprise perimeter. Encryption of data on devices is one of
the most effective measures, but modern solutions also offer remote data wipe functions
and GPS localisation of lost devices. Solutions such as Kaspersky Lab’s recently launched
Kaspersky Endpoint Security for Business allows IT managers to remotely manage all devices
on the company network and the data secured within, all from a single management
Notes to editors:
The survey was conducted by TNS Infratest for Kaspersky Lab in January 2013. 1.762 IT
decision makers and influencers in European companies with 10-500 employees were
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