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Sophos Research Reveals CIO Concerns Over Mobile Data Security

Less than a quarter of U.K. CIOs feel data on mobile devices would be secure if devices are lost or stolen
A survey by Vanson Bourne for IT security and data protection company Sophos has revealed that UK CIOs and IT managers are increasingly concerned about data protection on mobile devices. Three quarters of those surveyed have had to deal with lost or stolen corporate devices, with half of the respondents acknowledging that less than ten percent of devices are ever recovered.

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Other findings from the research include:

- 46% of those surveyed allow or encourage the use of personal mobile devices for work - Only 55% of those allowing personal mobiles in the work place have password policies in place - 41% of enterprises do not have a separate budget for mobile device security

As smartphones and tablets become more sophisticated and their functionality increases, business use becomes more appealing, both in terms of increasing productivity and, if privately owned by employees, in lowering IT hardware spend. However, only 24 percent of those surveyed stated that they would feel very secure about the data contained on a mobile device if it was lost or stolen.

The fact that 15 percent of respondents answered that they believe device theft or loss is the biggest threat to their corporate network highlights the scale of this concern still further. In its predictions for 2012 and beyond, industry analyst firm Gartner has forecast that at least 50 percent of enterprise email users will rely primarily on an in-the-browser, tablet or mobile client, instead of the traditional desktop.

“It seems that businesses are eager to embrace the benefits of mobile technologies and the positive impact they can have on operations, but many have not yet got to grips with the security issues that come as a result,” said Matthias Pankert, VP of product management data protection at Sophos. “The survey findings demonstrate that set procedures and agreement over corporate usage are still lacking. Businesses and their IT departments should work towards an environment that encourages productive practices, but also define rules that protect both the individual and organisation against the inherent risks.”

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Sophos has also recently updated its Security Monitor iPhone app. This allows users to check out the reputation of a questionable URL, link or IP address to make sure it’s not malicious. The Sophos Security Monitor iPhone app is available for download here:

About Sophos More than 100 million users in 150 countries rely on Sophos as the best protection against complex threats and data loss. Sophos is committed to providing security and data protection solutions that are simple to manage, deploy and use and that deliver the industry's lowest total cost of ownership. Sophos offers award-winning encryption, endpoint security, web, email, mobile and network security solutions backed by SophosLabs - a global network of threat intelligence centres. With more than two decades of experience, Sophos is regarded as a leader in security and data protection by top analyst firms and has received many industry awards.

Sophos is headquartered in Boston, US and Oxford, UK. More information is available at

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