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Ignorance, IT, and the Business User Disconnect

Posted on 5.20.2015

Sixty percent of enterprises have experience a data breach or loss of data.

Employees studied in a new survey from Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) provider SOTI openly admitted to engaging in mobile device usage behaviors that put their business data at risk. In fact, more than 73 percent accessed corporate data from a free or public Wi-Fi connection, and nearly 65 percent forwarded a work document or file to a personal email address. Sixty-five percent also used cloud storage services including DropBox, Google Drive or SkyDrive for work files.

"Ignorance is not a strategy. IT and employees need to work together to forge secure mobile device usage practices regardless of who owns the device," SOTI CEO Carl Rodrigues said.

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"With the number of connected devices that will increasingly link to corporate networks, IT needs to proactively build their arsenal of defenses to protect from the new frontier of enterprise threats. Part of that arsenal needs to be an understanding of how employees actually utilize their mobile devices and the behaviors they actually engage in that put the business, the network, and corporate data and apps at risk. Being proactive about this now will reduce IT strife in future and allow the business to reap the transformative and financial benefits of mobility and a connected workforce, without the looming threats."

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