Users of mobile devices must be warned that as London prepares to welcome an estimated 5.5 million extra people to the capital, an additional estimated 3,200 mobile devices will be lost compared to last summer. According to a Freedom of Information Act request to the Transport for London’s lost property office people in London are likely to lose 70% more devices during the July to September period.
During the summer of 2011, 4,500 mobile devices were lost by people on London transport alone. As the influx of people increases to watch the games in July, so does the need to implement effective security and back-up solutions across all business and consumer devices.
This summer will likely see extensive personal use of mobile devices, particularly as the wave of sporting events increases. With the rapid growth of consumerisation of IT and the issue of more corporate smartphones, the likelihood that these will also contain corporate data and intellectual property is very high. It is worrying that over 27,000 devices were lost last year and if this continues, there is a risk of losing a further 2,840 mobiles, 231 USBs and 121 laptops in just two months!
This means that a lot of personal and corporate data will be unaccounted for across the country. For this reason owners, particularly those using devices for business purposes should take specific steps to protect their assets and implement remote access solutions that can manage and resolve this risk.
Good examples of this would be to utilise centrally managed solutions such as MobilIron’s Mobile Device Management or Vmware’s Horizon Mobile platform, as each gives IT access and control to the corporate data and IP on a remote device, which if necessary can be locked down or remotely wiped if compromised.
By implementing such security and backup solutions, any lost device is simply that, a lost device. Through taking action now, the potential threat of over 3,000 additional lost devices full of data turning up in the Transport for London’s lost property box or worse a stranger’s pocket will be eliminated.
Without doubt the Olympics will bring disruption to the capital this summer. However, whilst people can’t do anything about the millions of extra visitors and congestion, simple measures can be taken to ensure everyday life isn’t disrupted and devices are more secure, so they aren’t left feeling the consequences after the final ceremony on the 9th September.