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How to Protect Your Enterprise Smartphone

Mar 09, 2012 Blog 1 Comment
How to Protect Your Enterprise Smartphone

One of the biggest problems businesses face is security. Not only the fear of losing sensitive company data but today’s enterprises are faced with complex security and privacy requirements, including a growing number of regulatory and compliance standards such as SOX, ISO17799/27001, COBIT, NI 31-103, BCP, PIPEDA, HIPAA, PCI, and others. Cybercrime is a growing problem, and companies are making headlines for failing to secure customer information.

In a recent study reported by CTV, 96% of all lost smartphone will be browsed through for personal information stored on the smartphone. And we’re not talking about your address so they can return your lost smartphone – no it’s more frightening than that.

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Tracking software showed that 72 per cent looked through photos, 57 per cent checked out saved passwords and 43 per cent accessed the phone’s online banking app.

A phone dropped off at a busy transit station in Ottawa was grabbed less than 10 minutes later. Someone immediately started looking through the photos on it and then attempted to access passwords, bank accounts and social networking websites over the next couple of days.

There is a piece of good news however – In Ottawa, 70% of the lost smartphone used in this experiment were returned. And average 50% of these phones were returned when this experiment took place in US cities. However one must not forget, these phones are only physically returned after your personal information has been compromised.