Issue #2002 - 24
OUTLOOK & TRENDS
Business PDA Users are a
High-Security Risk, survey finds
With all the conferences and
literature devoted to wireless security, businesses are still not
taking the initiative to protect confidential data held on their
employees’ personal digital assistants, according to a Computer
Conducted by PDA security software supplier Pointsec and
Infosecurity Europe, the survey questioned 332 IT professionals who
regularly use a PDA for business tasks. Many admitted to downloading
the entire contents of their personal and business lives into their
handheld device and leaving the information unencrypted and without
Even though storing passwords, PIN numbers, corporate information
and bank account numbers are among the top ten PDA functions used,
only 22 percent of the users said their employer had a specific PDA
usage policy and 41 percent said they never changed their passwords,
with a further 26 percent only doing so occasionally.
- About 25 percent of those who store their own passwords and
PIN numbers on their PDA do not use a password to restrict
- Of those who store their bank account details on their PDA 65
percent do not encrypt the data, while under a quarter do not
bother to password protect this confidential information.
- Of those who store customer information on their handheld 71
percent don’t encrypt this information, making access easy for
hackers or, even, competitors.
- Thirty six percent use their PDA to download corporate
information with seven out of 10 leaving it unencrypted.
- Nearly four out of five respondents said they use their own
PDA for work purposes, and 77 percent said they have
synchronized the data on their handheld device with their
company PC or laptop.
By using their own mobile/wireless devices, employees increase
the risk of unsanctioned software being installed on corporate
networks, said Magnus Ahlberg, managing director of Pointsec. He
advises organizations to quickly ban the general usage of private
PDAs, as they can no longer afford to ignore PDA security.
For more information: http://www.pointsec.com
MobileInfo.com’s Comments & Advisory:
Survey results are very glaring and drive home the point that we must
protect our PDA data in a more secure fashion.
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