‘Only 11 percent keep work files safe on mobiles’

New Delhi, Aug 3 (IANS) Only 11 percent people keep their work files protected in their smartphones, according to a survey conducted by Kaspersky Lab in conjunction with B2B International.

The survey, which was derived from a total of 12,355 users from 26 countries, including 401 Indians, states that around half of the consumers surveyed also used their devices for work.

However, only one in 10 is seriously concerned about keeping work information safe should cybercriminals gain access to their device.

“One way or another, many employees of large and medium-sized companies use personal mobile devices for work. 36 percent of respondents store work files on them and 34 percent keep work-related email messages,” it said.

“Sometimes, more confidential information can also be found on users’ devices, such as passwords to corporate email accounts (18 percent), networks or VPNs (11 percent). Such information represents a valuable prize for cybercriminals hunting for corporate secrets,” it added.

The report also highlights the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) business model and its disadvantages in terms of more opportunity for cyber sabotage.

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