4.6 Million Employees Lose Work Data From Personal Devices

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Bring your own device (BYOD) is all the rage at the moment, with employees being encouraged to use their own devices in order to work more efficiently and to save their company money.

New research from data recovery specialists Kroll Ontrack suggests 4.6 million UK employees have lost work-related data in the last 12 months from personal devices or services that have broken or become corrupted.

Data collected from 1,151 UK employees between 18th and 20th July 2014 showed that one in three UK employees (33%) used personal devices or cloud services to store work data in the last 12 months, and that this storage was not part of a controlled IT policy.

Paul Le Messurier, Programme and Operations Manager at Kroll Ontrack said:

It is interesting to see that data loss from personal mobile devices has doubled in two years from seven per cent in 20123 to 13 per cent this year, reflecting the proliferation of mobile devices in the corporate environment.

Businesses must begin adapting to the future working environment where employees access files through a number of channels, not all of which will be immediately vetted by the employer. IT decision makers must accept that this trend will continue and data loss from a wider array of devices will occur as new technology is released to consumers. We would urge businesses to protect critical business data through implementing clear data usage, backup and security guidelines.

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