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Majority of Infosec visitors admit to wandering corporate data

29 May 2007, London - How many portable storage devices were the 12,000-plus security specialists who visited this year’s Infosecurity Europe show carrying between them? This was what SmartLine, developer of network management and end-point security solutions, attempted to find out with a short survey conducted on its stand.

“Ninety per cent of our visitors were carrying USB sticks, MP3 players, mobile phones with a memory card, digital cameras or some other storage gadget,” explains Sacha Chahrvin, managing director UK & Ireland, SmartLine. “If they are representative of Infosec’s visitors as a whole then that means that nearly 11,000 had such a device on them. In fact, our stand attendees had an average of 1.8 devices each – some even had six or more. We calculate that there were just under 22,000 devices in total wandering around at Infosec.”

However, the SmartLine survey also showed some more worrying results. An astonishing 80 per cent of visitors believed their company had lost valuable confidential data through the use of these devices. Of the 20 per cent who were confident that their data was safe from rogue USB sticks, only one did not use such devices at work.

Sacha continues, “The security experts who visited our stand were very honest, and most admitted to a security breach. My concern is that the remaining 20 per cent are just kidding themselves. Our survey shows that these devices are extremely popular. Only 10 per cent of people didn’t have one on them - and everyone who took part in the survey owned at least one such product, even if they hadn’t got it with them.

“Although these gadgets are designed to be perfectly harmless, unfortunately it doesn’t take much for them to become a major security headache. It’s all too easy to use them to siphon off valuable data. Even legitimate users can simply lose the device, or have it stolen. Organisations really do need to ensure that they have the right security measures in place to protect themselves from this type of data leakage.”

This year’s Infosec took place at London Olympia between 24 and 26 April. 12,181 people attended the show over three days (unaudited figures). SmartLine was demonstrating the latest version of DeviceLock, its leading endpoint security solution that controls access to all ports and devices, including USB ports, CD-ROMs, storage devices, MP3 players, FireWire, WiFi and Bluetooth, and protects organisations from keylogging attacks.

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About SmartLine

SmartLine Inc, established in 1996, develops well-integrated and cost-effective network management and security software solutions. SmartLine’s many customers include major technology stakeholders, large financial companies, telecommunications conglomerates, government agencies, classified military networks, and educational institutions. For more information, visit SmartLine online at www.protect-me.com.

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SPARX Communications
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Email: rebecca@sparxgroup.co.uk

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