As more employees use their own devices for business purposes, a lack of knowledge on the security implications of BYOD is presenting serious risks to SMBs. With 525,000 mobile phones reported stolen in 2011/2012 as part of the Crime Survey for England and Wales, businesses can face company data falling into the wrong hands if not effectively managed. Should the worse happen, in the absence of a clear overview of what company data was on the lost or stolen device, it becomes difficult for IT managers to manage the potential repercussions.
"You only need to look at the statistics showing the number of devices lost or stolen each year to see why it is so important for SMBs to have an accurate overview of what company information employees have on personal devices," says David Emm, senior security researcher, Kaspersky Lab. "Only when clear BYOD rules are in place, can adequate steps be taken to build a robust security solution should a device be lost or stolen. To best protect data a policy should include file encryption, blocking access to the corporate network and, in the best case, wiping all data on the device."
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 Kaspersky Endpoint Security for Business allow IT managers to remotely manage all devices on the company network and the data secured within, all from a single management dashboard.
 Figures published by the Office for National Statistics [http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/dcp171776_309652.pdf ] on 9th May 2013.
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 questioned.
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