Eight out of ten smartphone finders try to access business data

Eight out of ten smartphone finders try to access business data

Research conducted by Symantec has discovered that corporate information on lost smartphones is likely to be accessed by the person who finds it.

The security company planted 50 "lost" smartphones in cities across the US and Canada in high public traffic areas to see how many phones would be returned and what the finders would do with them.

Almost all (96 per cent) of the phones were accessed by their finders, while initially this may have been an attempt to identify the owner of the phone, some went a little further.

Eight out of ten finders attempted to access clearly marked corporate files, labelled HR Salaries and HR Cases.

While this is a major concern for business users, the findings went on to indicate even more worrying statistics as two out of ten finders tried to run the Remote Admin application that had been added to the planted phones, which would allow them access to a remote computer or network.

The results led to Symantec urging companies to develop and enforce security policies for employees using mobile devices for work, such as passwords, mobile device management systems and mobile security software.