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Corporate Networks At Risk From Vacationing Employees, Study Says

LANDesk Software research suggests that a quarter of consumers are putting their employer’s networks at risk of viruses, malware, and worms
London – 2 June, 2011 – European research conducted by LANDesk Software suggests that a quarter of consumers are putting their employer’s networks at risk of viruses, malware and worms. The research shows that holiday makers are irresponsibly plugging gadgets such as digital cameras, smartphones, mp3 players and USB sticks into home, work, public and foreign PCs, without taking the necessary antiviral measures.

The survey found that almost 75 per cent of holidaymakers travel with gadgets to maintain consistent access to email, Facebook and Twitter. Digital cameras are the most popular gadgets taken across borders (62 per cent), followed by laptops (58 per cent) and smartphones/iPhones (38 per cent and 33 per cent respectively). Over a quarter of the respondents planning a trip abroad in 2011 admitted they would connect their devices to any available PC. And more than half confessed to inserting the same gadgets into their work PCs.

“Connecting gadgets to the corporate network obviously poses a major risk for companies, as people return from their holidays with potentially unwanted souvenirs in their software, causing the IT department the ultimate holiday hangover,” said Nigel Seddon, Area Director, LANDesk Software.

A previous survey by LANDesk concluded that 74 per cent of staff bring their own equipment with them to work, be it mp3 players, smartphones or USBs. With these statistics in mind, companies could face increased costs in fighting malware as employees return from their holidays abroad.

“With employees admitting such irresponsible behaviours, companies must be prepared for an influx in malware attacks during and following the summer holiday period,” Seddon continues. “Consumers too should be aware of the potential consequences of failing to protect their devices.”

Seddon advises, “IT departments need the ability to manage and secure all user devices across multiple platforms. If an organisation’s current infrastructure does not automatically discover these devices as they attach to corporate data, to control an environment where both personal and secure corporate-owned data are inter-mingled - and if it’s not based upon tiered functionality and role-based administration - then maybe it’s time to re-evaluate.”

About LANDesk Software

LANDesk Software is a leading provider of systems lifecycle management, endpoint security, and IT service management solutions for desktops, servers and mobile devices across the enterprise. LANDesk enables IT to deliver business value by gaining control of end-user computing with a single console, light infrastructure, and ITIL solutions that deliver significant ROI for thousands of customers worldwide. LANDesk is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, with offices located in the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific, and can be found at www.landesk.com.

The research was conducted amongst 367 consumers through an online survey and questionnaires at the InfoSec show in April 2011.

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