Dude, where’s my phone? BYOD means enterprise security exposure

Sally called the security desk. She can’t find her personal smartphone. Maybe she lost it. Perhaps it fell behind her sofa. Maybe she left it at a restaurant last night. Perhaps someone stole it. Or maybe she put it down somewhere this morning. Whatever the case may be, it’s not good-especially since Sally is a well-regarded and trusted mid-level manager with mobile access to many corporate applications and intranet sites that have a lot of sensitive and proprietary information. Now what? There are several types of dangers presented by a lost Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) smartphone or tablet, and many IT professionals and security specialists think only about some of them. They are all problematic. We’ll run through some of the scenarios in a moment, but first: Does your company have policies about lost personal devices?

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