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BYOD threat from second-hand devices

Category: Data destruction

11 February, 2014

Companies operating a bring your own device (BYOD) policy are facing an increasing threat to security from improperly wiped technology that has accessed company data but is then sold by the user.

Data destruction should be a top concern for all businesses, as safeguarding sensitive company and consumer information is not only a public liability issue but can also lead to severe data breaches.

Following an investigation by Channel 4 News, V3 reports a number of cases of second-hand phones coming on to the market while still containing sensitive business information have taken place in recent months.

As a result, it is imperative all firms ensure stringent data destruction policies are in place for all BYOD users.

Michael Darlington, technical director at Trend Micro, told V3: "With levels of data continuing to skyrocket, this news indicates education is still required on value and security of sensitive information - to counteract this culture of carelessness."

The news follows the publication of a recent report by Altodigital, which claimed the increase in BYOD usage by firms across the globe could be a "nightmare waiting to happen".

According to the report, more than half (57 per cent) of businesses now operate a BYOD policy to allow their staff to access data outside of the office and on devices that are not specifically provided by the company.

However, at the same time, 63 per cent of respondents stated their firm does not have a specific data management policy in place for the handling of sensitive information on this technology, which ultimately is outside of the control of in-house IT departments.

This represents a serious risk to data security and therefore action needs to be taken to safeguard all sensitive business data, no matter how it is being accessed.

Tony Burnett, group sales director at Altodigital, concluded: "It's staggering that so few companies have a dedicated policy in place to appropriately cope with this, especially given the very real IT and security issues that can be caused as a result."

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