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Harris Interactive Survey Reveals Corporate Data Risks with Replaced Smartphones and Tablets
Poll Shows 68% of Workforce Do Not Have Devices Professionally Wiped or Securely Destroyed When Swapping for Latest Technology
By: PR Newswire
Dec. 13, 2012 01:31 PM
PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Fiberlink®, the leader in cloud-based solutions for secure mobile device management (MDM) and mobile application management (MAM), today announced the results of a survey conducted online nationwide by Harris Interactive on behalf of Fiberlink from earlier this year* among 2,243 U.S. adults aged 18 and older that shows the majority of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) employees are not properly disposing of or wiping corporate information from personal devices when upgrading to the latest tablets and smartphones. These findings come at a critical time, when holiday sales of wireless connected devices are expected to surge, and employees will look to infuse new technologies into the workforce at record rates. So, what happens to all the displaced devices?
According to the survey of U.S. adults who previously had a smartphone and/or tablets before the one(s) they currently use for work, only 16% had the data professionally wiped from the old device and only 5% had the device securely destroyed. The majority of respondents, 58%, said they kept the old device, although it remained inactive; 13% turned it over to their service provider; 11% said they donated the device, simply gave it away or threw it in the trash; and 9% did something else with their previous device.
"Protecting corporate data on personal devices is a key priority for all companies. This survey raises new concerns that companies must address in order to safeguard sensitive information as devices approach the end of their lifecycle," said Jonathan Dale, Director of Marketing at Fiberlink. "With new devices hitting the market from every major manufacturer this holiday season, including Apple, Microsoft, and Google, it will be important to know the right way to decommission a device."
If you're an employee or employer looking to swap out a BYOD device, Fiberlink has developed a four-step process to make sure your device deactivation is easy and stress-free.
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