People seem to have more information stored on their smartphones than they do at home or on their computer – don’t put your life in the wrong hands.
With a world populated by about 7 billion people, how many cell phones do you think are out there?
The answer is more than 4 billion. Nearly 61% of the global population has a cell phone.
As the workplace becomes flooded with mobile assets that store massive amounts of data, how are you sure your company’s sensitive information isn’t buried in some landfill across the world? In fact, nearly half of small businesses have experienced some sort of data loss.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports more than 416,000 cellphones are disposed of every day and almost 40% of cellphone users fail to take any security measures.
Sure, companies can internally wipe cell phones and tablets of sensitive data using factory reset, but is it certain that information cannot be recovered after disposal?
An antivirus and mobile security firm bought 20 secondhand Android phones on eBay. Using commercially available forensic tools, they were able to recover data that should have been deleted when the previous user wiped the phone with the factory reset.
However, you don’t have to resort to a slab of concrete and a sledgehammer either.
Your data is none of our business, but keeping it secure is our top priority.
Data security measures don’t have to cost you an arm and a leg, but they will certainly drain your funds if your company is hit with an attack. The cost of a data breach is constantly on the rise, up to $136 from $130 per compromised record just in the last year. Not to mention, the financial toll of a data breach is expected to grow 10 percent each year through 2016 due to new discoveries of IT vulnerabilities.
Even certified data erasure practices have its flaws. The DoD data erasure wipe calls for a “three-pass” approach to data destruction. Some people may say “how can you wipe data too many times?” With every extra data wipe, your company’s time and resources are being depleted. Technology constantly changes, as so should data destruction policies. HOBI International utilizes the most current standard for data erasure is NIST 800-88, which states that a single pass is all that is necessary. One pass is enough, if you do it right!
Fortune 500 companies assign on average 3.5 devices per employee and 51% of organizations have had data loss due to insecure devices. HOBI, on the other hand, has had zero data leaks in its entire company history.
As technology and data expand and mature, so must security and management measures. Ensure your company has proper procedures for data erasure and mobile asset management.
You’ve been warned.