Missing: My Phone; Sizeable Reward for Ignoring Corporate Data

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If it hasn’t happened to you, consider yourself lucky: misplacing your phone is never a great feeling. While you might immediately think of lost contacts, to-do lists, and calendar items, IT administrators have much more serious concerns on their minds, including the possibility of corporate data getting into the wrong hands.

A new survey by Credant Technologies shows that more than 8,000 devices were left at the largest U.S. airports last year alone – with the majority forgotten at security checkpoints and in restrooms. Add to that startling number, the fact that Javelin Strategy & Research found that 62% of smartphone users do not use password protection on their home screens, leaving content wide open to anyone in possession of the phone – a very scary thought.

Hence, all of the current discussions around the need for organizations to deploy solutions, processes, and policies to secure users’ mobile devices, dubbed mobile device management (MDM). In a well-timed move, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently released draft Guidelines for Managing and Securing Mobile Devices in the Enterprise which outlines recommended steps to boost the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of data on smartphones and tablets.

NIST stresses the importance of:

1) providing secure access to enterprise computing resources;

2) supporting strongly encrypted data communications;

3) requiring user and device authentication before accessing enterprise resources; and

4) restricting which mobile applications may be installed.

That’s great advice for any organization, large or small, across any industry and Accellion secure file transfer can help meet all of these recommendations. Because, while no one wants to imagine leaving behind their trusted phone, we all know that anyone can make a mistake.

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