Centennial Software’s survey reveals daily threat posed by removable devices to corporate data in three out of four workplaces. Centennial survey reveals nine out of ten businesses does not control the flow of company data to portable media devices.
Three out of four Australian workers connect portable media devices such as iPods, USB sticks, PDAs, and Blackberrys to their company’s corporate network on a daily basis, posing huge risks to the security of corporate data, according to a new Australian survey by Centennial Software, a developer of endpoint security and IT asset discovery solutions.
Almost 50% of respondents surveyed by Centennial Software in Australia said that their workplace has no processes in place to control what devices the respondents brought into the workplace, while 28% relied on manager’s discretion. While 6% banned portable devices entirely, only 15% use software to control specific devices on the network.
Implementation of an acceptable usage policy ranked as the biggest challenge for IT compliance departments, with 61% of respondents admitting they were either unaware of an acceptable usage policy being enforced or that no policy was in place.
USB sticks are the most common device connected to the corporate network (35%), followed by digital cameras (18%), PDAs (17%), mobile phones (16%), and iPods and MP3s (14%).
Centennial’s DeviceWall solution helps organisations to manage the security of mobile devices, data, and desktops on the corporate network. Its policy-based Windows PC security solution manages access to removable media and data encryption according to user privileges defined in the policy control centre. Its small client agent enforces the current user’s security privileges, regardless of PC location, and continues to enforce privileges be it on the corporate network or offline. The survey was conducted at the recent CeBIT 2006 exhibition in Sydney.