UK employees lost over 10 million work devices in 2013

Over 10 million work devices were lost by UK employees in 2013 thus presenting a grave security risk for businesses of all sizes as companies strive to keep sensitive data as secure as possible.

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Research from EE shows that 10 million mobile devices including smartphones, tablets and laptops were lost by employees in the UK in all manner of locations with 19 per cent admitting to losing a device during a work night out, 16 per cent admitted losing a device on public transport and among the other places that employees lost devices was in a taxi or a public toilet.

“More often than not, employees will use their personal mobile device to access company emails, documents or presentations, unaware that they may be putting sensitive data at risk. What’s important is that business data is secure, whether accessed from a company owned device or not,” said Gerry McQuad, CMO for business at EE. “With the arrival of 4G, businesses of all sizes now have an opportunity to become genuinely mobile by giving their employees secure access to company information and business applications regardless of the device they’re using and the operating system the device is running.”

In response to this new research, EE has unveiled a new Super Secure 4GEE portfolio for businesses as well as a strategic partnership with MobileIron. The Super Secure 4GEE portfolio gives business of all sizes the chance to securely manage access to company data, business applications and content on any mobile device across all major operating systems.

For large and medium organisations EE offers three different bundles that include Starter, Enterprise, and Regulated. Each one depends on the different security needs of the organisation and is designed to fit any corporate owned personally enabled device policy.

When it comes to small and medium sized businesses, meanwhile, EE has teamed up with MobileIron to help develop a multi-OS enterprise mobility management system that gives simple security and control of mobile devices from a hosted platform.

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The Super Secure 4GEE bundles are part of EE’s Total Enterprise Mobility approach to handling corporate and public sector security that is made up of three pillars: Mobile Workforce, Engaged Customers and Connected Machines. When combined, these help to make businesses more mobile and are recognised by the facilitation of a secure flow of information between machines and people.