Employees risking valuable data with smartphones

More than four-fifths (81 per cent) of employees access their company networks without asking for consent, a new survey has revealed.

Juniper Networks has found that more than half of workers who do this access networks and potentially valuable company data every day, Computer Weekly has reported.

Speaking to the publication, mobile security expert Dan Hoffman said: "Never before in the history of technology has there been a more perfect distribution channel to send applications, including malicious applications, to tens of millions of devices."

Some 98 per cent of personal smartphones have no security system, boosting the chances of hacking and bugs.

Mr Hoffman added that employees also accessed the internet via multiple networks, which increased the chance of a security breach.

The growth in wifi-enabled phones could make maintaining tabs on information even more difficult.

For this reason, it is wise for employers to distribute an Internet Policy to their employees to prevent them potentially violating confidential information by accessing networks without permission.

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Published on: October 28, 2010

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