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'Security Is Not My Responsibility'

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'Security Is Not My Responsibility'

A new report indicated that the value of corporate data on mobile devices is significantly underrated by employees.

According to a recent survey by Canadian cybersecurity company Absolute Software, employees are generally blase’ about mobile security.

And it’s largely the fault of companies.

"The data may be carried around in the employee's pocket, but the half million dollar fines we've seen levied due to data loss come out of the company's pocket."

"If firms don't set clear policies that reflect the priority of corporate data security, they can't expect employees to make it a priority on their own," said Tim Williams, mobile enterprise data expert and Director, Product Management at Absolute Software.

The lax attitude of workers towards securing mobile devices and the data they contain, even after device loss or theft, places enterprises and their sensitive data in a vulnerable position.

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"The data may be carried around in the employee's pocket, but the half million dollar fines we've seen levied due to data loss come out of the company's pocket," said Williams. "Clear policies, properly articulated to employees, will ensure that the entire company, not just IT, unites against mobile data loss."

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