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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.

Tablet Security: Nearly 3500 Tablets And Smartphones Lost At Top US Airports

According to a new survey by Credant Technologies, over 8,000 portable devices were left behind in the US's top airports: Chicago O’Hare, Denver International, San Francisco International, Charlotte Douglas, Miami International, Orlando International, and Minneapolis / St. Paul.  Seeing how BYOD and IT Consumerization has been slowly taking off in the past year, one truly hopes that mobile device security programs were used in most -- is it too much to ask in all? In short, "yes" -- of these devices.

Smartphones, Tablets, Laptops, and USB Drives

While one generally tends to associated the "Bring Your Own Device" trend in the corporate world with tablets and smartphones, the truth is that it extends to laptops as well as external data storage devices like USB flashdrives and portable hard disks.  Credant's survey shows that 8,016 devices were left behind in the seven airports:

  • 3,444 smartphones and tablets,
  • 3,576 laptops, and
  • 996 USB drives

Two of the airports that most devices were left behind in airport restrooms, while the remaining five reported TSA checkpoints as being the primary location where devices are stranded.  Over half of the devices are recovered by their owners; those that are not reclaimed are usually donated to charities.

It's noted that another survey, by Javelin, found that 62% of smartphone users do not bother to set up a password on their devices.

BYOD Protection: Get Some MDM

Just like a laptop that contains sensitive data can employ encryption software to protect its content, smartphone protection is available to help organizations -- and let's face, the regular consumers.  After all, the details of your life, including banking, home address, phone numbers, etc. -- protect their data.

What's most worrisome about this latest survey is that, smartdevices have reached the #2 spot in a short 5 years.  Prior to 2007 -- the year when Apple's iPhone was released, and let's face it, it's the device that changed it all -- phones and tablets would not even be listed: they didn't even exist.

Now, they're up neck-and-neck with laptops.  I'd bet a Vegas bookie that the category will be listed as #1 in 2013 (our HQ is in fabulous Las Vegas, after all)...but I don't think I can find anyone to take that bet.


Related Articles and Sites:
http://techcrunch.com/2012/07/06/dont-put-down-that-ipad-8000-mobile-devices-left-at-top-u-s-airports/
http://www.credant.com/news-a-events/press-releases/295-credant-survey-finds-travelers-left-mobile-devices-at-airports.html

 
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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.