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AlertBoot offers a cloud-based full disk encryption and mobile device security service for companies of any size who want a scalable and easy-to-deploy solution. Centrally managed through a web based console, AlertBoot offers mobile device management, mobile antivirus, remote wipe & lock, device auditing, USB drive and hard disk encryption managed services.

Mobile Device Security: InfoSecurity Europe Survey Shows 44% Don't Encrypt

Paranoia.  It's one quality that grows in you -- if you didn't suffer from it already --  if you work in the information security space.  But, apparently it doesn't affect everyone.  A survey was taken among participants of London's InfoSecurity Europe show last year.  The show being what it is, it's not far-fetched to assume that the crowd is "security aware."  But, 44% of those who admitted to carrying sensitive information on their mobile device did not encrypt data.

There are many mobile devices out there, but in today's BYOD culture, if you're carrying sensitive data on your mobile device, chances are that you have a smartphone, such as an iPhone or an Android OS-based phone.

These devices already come with powerful encryption.  All one has to do is turn it on.

Of course, statistics being what they are, it could be that this 44% represents a tiny number of people.  Remember, it's 44% of those who carry sensitive data.  If you're truly paranoid, you ensure you don't carry sensitive info on your mobile device.

Assuming such paranoia affects half the crowd, the above 44% would represent only 22% of the entire crowd.  I guess it's not a stretch to assume that about a quarter of people who attended London's InfoSecurity Europe show were regular laypeople.

But, data breaches will bite anyone.  Regardless of your level of paranoia or job description, if you carry sensitive data on your mobile device, you should encrypt your device.

Do it right now.


Related Articles and Sites:
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/more-than-40-percent-dont-encrypt-sensitive-data-on-mobile-devices-says-echoworx-2011-study-2012-04-24

 
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Sang Lee is a Senior Account Manager and Security Analyst with AlertBoot, Inc., the leading provider of managed endpoint security services, based in Las Vegas, NV. Mr. Lee helps with the deployment and ongoing support of the AlertBoot disk encryption managed service. Prior to working at AlertBoot, Mr. Lee served in the South Korean Navy. He holds both a B.S. and an M.S. from Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, U.S.A.