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Lack of IT policies on devices putting companies at risk

New research from Kroll Ontrack, reveals how companies that don’t regulate employee usage of business devices with effective IT policies are putting data security at risk.

The research highlights that in the last year, 38 percent of UK employees downloaded personal files and 29 percent of employees installed personal apps or programs on devices, which they also use for work.

Five percent of people used P2P file sharing services, such as BitTorrent and Gnutella, the same percentage temporarily disabled firewall/antivirus software and 4 percent of workers cancelled antivirus scans on these devices.

Paul Le Messurier, Programme and Operations Manager at Kroll Ontrack commented: “As the line between work and personal life continues to blur, employees will increasingly conduct personal activities on a device they also work from. This will raise a number of issues for organizations, from data security through to productivity uncertainties.

“As such, businesses must look to protect their assets, both digital and physical. Employers must educate employees on what activities are acceptable; develop a simple, but thorough IT usage policy; and ensure backups are in place and up to date for when disaster does strike.”

The survey was conducted by ICM and was the result of interviews with 1,151 UK employees between 18th and 20th July 2014.

www.krollontrack.co.uk

•Date: 15th October 2014 • UK •Type: Article • Topic: ISM


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