Poor laptop security could be endangering business data

A quarter of UK businesses had a laptop stolen or lost in the last 12 months, with more than one million going missing, a new poll has revealed.
Figures released as part of Sony’s Vaio Digital Business 2013 report suggest businesses could well encounter issues resulting from the loss of confidential data. According to the report, the increase in the popularity of bring-your-own-device and poor security habits have contributed to the rise.
More than 600 UK businesses were surveyed as part of the investigation, which found just 28 per cent of firms have anti-theft security features installed on laptops used by employees.
“Businesses should take advantage of this ready-and-waiting safety net, which can be easily implemented regardless of IT infrastructure,” the report stated.
It discovered that two-thirds of those polled admitted they take a laptop from work home with them each day and most become lost or stolen during the commute.
Security issues relating to the operation of the technology were also revealed, with 82 per cent of respondents failing to change their password on a monthly basis and one-fifth stating they never change it at all.