Does out of the office = out of control?

A recent study found that laptop users consistently displayed greater levels of risky behaviour – 11% download porn, 34% download music, 20% play games; all greater proportions than for desktop users.

This represents a significant threat, and is a frequent gateway through which malware can enter the corporate network.

Greater risk needs greater precautions and protection, and organisations must ensure that all security policies, filtering software and USB controls are as rigorously applied to company laptops as they are to office-based PCs.

Of course, at the same time, it’s also essential that errant laptop users and mobile workers are made aware of Acceptable Usage Policy, and what exactly they can and cannot access over the corporate network.