UK encryption firm BeCrypt believes companies need to develop stronger corporate policies to reflect the changing reality of mobile working, especially when it comes to deleting files containing sensitive information.
Although there have been recent calls for secure data deletion, BeCrypt suggests they don’t go far enough, after it recovered data that had supposedly been 'deleted' from storage media such as USB sticks and memory cards.
BeCrypt recovered mobile telephone contact databases, business material including corporate launch information for a new vehicle, MP3 files, GCSE coursework, family photographs and even pornography using software purchased via the Internet.
According to the Home Office more than 100,000 people per year fall victim to identity theft, costing more than £1.3 billion per year. With the prevalence of mobile email devices, such as Blackberries and other PDAs, likely to hit 80 million globally within three years, serious data theft is likely to be significant.
It’s bad enough if an individual’s personal data is stolen, but the financial implications are worse if critical corporate data falls into the wrong hands. It’s clear that staff must be educated on the potential risks of losing data and firms need to deploy software to encrypt data held on corporate peripheral devices. But most companies know this already, don’t they?