Stats from city crime files show that phone theft is rising every year. Cell phones are now stolen in more than 30% of all robberies nationwide; in some cities, this number tops 40%, such as Washington, D.C., where over half of all robberies included cell phones.
While the kill switch introduced for iPhone has led to a decrease in iPhone theft, phones without a kill switch have experienced an increase in theft. And with Microsoft and Samsung committed to introducing a kill switch, but no date stated for rollout, many users are left exposed unless they have another way to remove sensitive data when devices disappear.
Loss of a user’s personal smartphone may not seem like much cause for concern. But the fact that most of those devices contain corporate data is exactly why IT departments should pay attention. After all, it’s not protecting the device; it’s about protecting the data.
Corporate data on a lost device is at risk of leakage and breach, so being able to remotely wipe the data on those devices mean that IT can eliminate the chance of this and the uncertainty of where data could be floating around.
At the same time, data loss is a real possibility, as mobile devices can hold valuable data that isn’t stored anywhere else, so having a backup of that data is essential to prevent the loss of data when devices are lost and stolen.
For actionable how-tos on protecting your corporate data when devices are lost, stolen, and damaged, get our Survival Guide for Data in the Wild.