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Remote-wiping to Guard Against BYOD Breaches Risk Personal Data Loss

Bring-your-own-device has caught on, and for many it's a positive development. Security is a big issue for companies that follow the trend, though, and one way to ensure it is by having remote-wiping capability to invoke under certain sets of circumstances. The trouble is, many of the gadgets in use don't segregate business and personal data. That means when a phone or tablet is wiped, everything goes.

"If I hear a device is stolen, I would fully wipe it," Timo Hirvoen, a senior researcher at F-Secure, said. "Otherwise, I would be wondering whether there was something on the device that could lead to sensitive information."

BlackBerry and Samsung offer different containers for personal and work data on their devices, but BYOD users may have other or older devices, Jonathan Sander, strategy and research officer at Stealthbits Technologies, pointed out.

Many organizations "want to roll out a one-size-fits-all solution, and these platform-specific features aren't yet a part of it," he said.

Even if devices in an enterprise have such features, "many security folks don't yet trust [them] and may still mandate a total wipe just in case," Sander said.

Five million mobile devices were lost or stolen last year, according to Vasco Data Security spokesperson John Gunn.

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"If I hear a device is stolen, I would fully wipe it," Timo Hirvoen, a senior researcher at F-Secure, said. "Otherwise, I would be wondering whether there was something on the device that could lead to sensitive information."

BlackBerry and Samsung offer different containers for personal and work data on their devices, but BYOD users may have other or older devices, Jonathan Sander, strategy and research officer at Stealthbits Technologies, pointed out.

Many organizations "want to roll out a one-size-fits-all solution, and these platform-specific features aren't yet a part of it," he said.

Even if devices in an enterprise have such features, "many security folks don't yet trust [them] and may still mandate a total wipe just in case," Sander said.

Five million mobile devices were lost or stolen last year, according to Vasco Data Security spokesperson John Gunn.

Read Full Article