This is a key message from the latest global Trust & Risk in the Workplace study from SurfControl, which was conducted by Monica Whitty of Queen’s University Belfast.
According to a third global study of internet habits from SurfControl, which interviewed 1000 workers in five countries, 80% of laptop users connect to the internet from outside the office through less secure networks and two-thirds use wireless hotspots.
“Given that security breaches and careless mistakes can lead to the loss or theft of confidential information, employers should be cautious when it comes to protecting confidential data,” said Whitty.
IDC analyst Eric Domage said most corporates already have some kind of data protection policy but not necessarily to cover mobile workers. “Most of the companies neglect user situation and forget to set rules for mobile use, remote access and pubic area working sessions. As a matter of fact, laptops allow user to work everywhere and the IT Security policy must apply everywhere the user is.”
He said the biggest risk associated with mobility is data leakage. “A powerful laptop can contain 40GB of data. In one case in the UK, a stolen laptop had 11 millions clients' details,” he added.
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