The Overwhelming Majority of Businesses Knowingly Permit Employee Mobile Devices Yet Fail to Protect Computer Systems From Them
As advances in personal digital assistants (PDAs) and smart cellphones have made them as powerful as desktop
computers, employees are purchasing them in greater numbers and connecting them to their employers' computer systems. According to a survey conducted by TNS NFO (formerly NFO WorldGroup), 86 percent of employers knowingly permit these employee mobile devices, yet nearly the same number - 83.6 percent of employers - have failed to set usage guidelines for these devices, leaving their computer systems vulnerable to malicious code attacks and information theft.
Employees are not any more aware than their employers of the threat their mobile devices pose to computer systems. The survey also found that 74.6 percent of employees that use personal mobile devices either do not have, or do not know whether they have, any security protection on their PDAs or smart phones.
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