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SMBs are failing badly when it comes to security for mobile workers

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A fresh piece of research has pointed to the dangers of having staff members working away from the office on mobile devices, in terms of not having the correct policies in place to ensure the security of a business.

Shred-it conducted a survey of US-based small business owners and C-level executives in larger firms, finding that in the case of the former, 58% of SMBs have at least some employees working flexibly and away from the office at times.

Larger businesses were actually worse, although only a tad at 69% of C-level executive respondents indicating that their firm doesn't have such a policy in place.

And of course these organisations are much more likely to have staff working out of the office, with 92% of them having at least some employees working off-site.

All businesses should have policy points in place for mobile workers, and Shred-It outlines some simple guidelines including advising employees not to leave devices lying around in public places or vehicles, and to ensure devices are password protected and that data is encrypted.

Obsolete hard drives should also be securely destroyed, and the survey found that only 37% of SMBs wipe their own hardware in-house if you're sending hard disks away to be wiped, there's always a chance precious data could fall into the wrong hands .

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