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Businesses are failing to understand the security risk of employees using iPhones, a survey has revealed.

Sixty five per cent of senior IT directors polled at 200 UK medium to large firms admitted authorised users could access company data through the iPhone.

A similar proportion (64%) said they had not taken any steps to secure company data against this threat, the Vanson Bourne survey revealed.

The survey also revealed that 40% of UK businesses allow staff to download company data onto portable storage devices without any security provision.

The findings are surprising, considering the high number of portable memory devices used at these firms, said Sacha Chahrvin, managing director at security firm DeviceLock.

Securing portable media such as USB sticks has been made mandatory in government departments after several high-profile data breaches.

The Government Connect Secure Extranet (GCSX) requires local authorities to meet stringent security standards concerning storing data on portable media.

Local authority IT departments need to ensure a full audit trail of their use and ensuring that the storage media is tamper proof.

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