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Enterprises Still Gambling on Mobile Device Security

Forty percent of enterprises don't have policies for securing mobile devices, according to a new survey by the Business Performance Management Forum. That's a surprising number, given the rash of high-profile data breaches and the ease with which laptops, smart phones and BlackBerrys can be lost or stolen.

Of those respondents that don't have such security policies, 65 percent say it's because senior management is focused on other areas of compliance--ironic, given that mobile devices should be a key component of any compliance initiative.

At a minimum, companies must enforce password protection on mobile devices. Other options include encryption, recovery services using location tracking, and kill signals that can wipe data from missing devices. --Andrew Conry-Murray, [email protected]