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Rising Mobility Increases The Security Risk

  • With the mobile working population due to increase to 1.3 billion in 2015, the opportunity for unauthorised individuals to access confidential data is greater than ever. The facts make sobering reading, the top causes of data breaches in the UK involve negligent employees, which accounts for 40 percent of cases – and with the average cost of a data breach in the UK now standing at £2.2m, ensuring all mobile working employees have adequate protection is more important than ever.

    It is now estimated that 17.9 million people in Britain have access to a tablet – compared to 11 million in 2013. This increase in mobile device ownership means many more companies are facing an increase in staff who wish to work from home, on trains and in coffee shops.

  • A recent survey discovered 93 per cent of employees felt supporting telecommuting is beneficial, with 53 per cent feeling it leads to more productive employees which can help business prospects. However, this can mean significant challenges for businesses as they balance flexibility with the need to ensure security. It doesn’t take a security expert to gain access to confidential on screen data, it can be easily viewed by anyone unauthorised sitting next to or passing by a device. Many corporate IT policies mandate strict guidelines on how company data should be accessed and stored on its devices, but protecting on screen data is often overlooked.

    3M™ Privacy Filters are the fast and effective way to keep on-screen data confidential and protect mobile workers while on the move. Available in sizes ranging from 10.1” – 30”, there is a solution for almost every laptop, as well as tablets and smart phones. Featuring 3M patented micro-louvre black out technology that blocks the view of a screen from either side, 3M Privacy filters allow all users to work privately and securely in public. Limiting the potential for costly data breaches and contributing to organisations implementation of a range of data protection guidelines.

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