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91 per cent of employees use personal devices to store business files

91 per cent of employees use their own personal smartphones, tablets or laptop computers to store work files, according to a study by Huddle, presenting a potential security threat for businesses.

The survey of 2,000 office workers in the UK showed that the vast majority take the “bring your own device” (BYOD) approach to business, storing and accessing work documents on personal devices.

43 per cent use their own personal cloud accounts to store work files, with more than a fifth using Dropbox, 14 per cent using Apple's iCloud, and 13 per cent using Google Drive.

60 per cent use external hard drives to store company data, while 46 per cent use the nefarious USB drives. Given their small size, these can be easily lost or stolen, potentially revealing trade secrets, client lists, or other sensitive business information.

“Failed by legacy technologies, such as SharePoint, which were designed to keep content locked inside an organisation, employees are looking for easy ways to access what they need,” said Alastair Mitchell, CEO of Huddle, according to ComputerWeekly.

“This has resulted in a free-for-all use of personal cloud services, external hard drives, smartphones and USBs, turning the enterprise content store into a giant, unruly jigsaw puzzle.”