Rebecca Herold is an information privacy, security, and compliance consultant, author, and instructor. She is the founder of and principal consultant at Rebecca Herold & Associates.
People are storing more types of confidential information on mobile computing devices than their employers or they themselves know. Think about where you keep your credit card and bank account numbers, passwords, and confidential e-mails. What about strategic information about your organization? Merger or takeover plans? Information that could impact stock values?
Imagine the business impact if an employee's USB drive or laptop was lost or stolen, revealing sensitive customer data such as credit reports, social security numbers, and contact information. Not only would this be a public relations disaster, but it could also violate laws and regulations. Consider the potential legal troubles for a public company whose sales reports, employee records, or expansion plans fell into the wrong hands.
The ideal solution would be to prohibit all confidential data from being stored on mobile devices, but this isn't always practical. You can, however, reduce the risk that confidential information will be accessed from lost or stolen mobile devices through these 10 steps:
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