A poll undertaken at the Infosecurity European 2014 conference this month has highlighted the lack of safeguards many businesses currently have in place regarding the use of mobile devices.
Failing to adequately protect sensitive business information on portable devices can lead to considerable costs for firms, but despite this, 50 per cent of respondents to the study said their business fails to implement such measures on technologies including USBs and external hard drives.
This was regardless of the fact that 91 per cent of respondents to the same survey highlighted serious concerns relating to the potential damage that data loss and the associated costs – both financial and reputational – can have on a business.
Data recovery should be a priority when mobile technologies become compromised, but companies also have to take into account the measures that can be put in place to make sure this sensitive information does not fall into the wrong hands.
This means investing in the latest encryption systems for all business devices, as well as ensuring staff are fully trained in best practice for the handling and transport of essential business files.
Overall, half of respondents admitted to not encrypting mobile data, despite the fact that two-thirds (67 per cent) were aware of the fact that fines of up to £500,000 can be levied against businesses by the government under the Data Protection Act for a serious breach of business data management protocols.
Responding to the results, chief executive officer and founder of iStorage John Michael commented: “Data loss can have a sizeable negative impact on business productivity, reputation and future revenue.
“To ensure critical business data remains confidential, it is imperative that businesses take the necessary precautions to guarantee data does not end up in the wrong hands.”
He added that “in today’s fast-moving business environment”, the lack of safeguards for mobile devices being implemented by half of all companies is an issue that is “deeply worrying” and needs to be addressed.
It is wise to choose a data recovery company who has a track record in recovering from the type of data loss you have experienced.