Digital Nomads Put Their Companies at Risk With Their Laptops

Industry analyst firm IDC projects that more than 61 million laptops will be purchased by commercial customers this year. The increasing emergence of Digital Nomads goes beyond just consumers and small businesses. Corporations are increasingly deploying laptops and other mobile devices to increase their employee’s productivity, giving them improved work-life balance and the ability to work from anywhere they have an Internet connection. But with this flexibility comes some risk.

Dell recently worked with Ponemon Institute to conduct a study on laptop security (click to view or download the full report) that suggests that corporate employees and third-party contractors often carelessly or deliberately circumvent security procedures, putting valuable company information at risk. The study includes input from more than 700 IT practitioners and shows some interesting input on the following four general areas:

  • Why is it important to understand the business risk of lost or missing laptops?
  • What is the business risk of lost or missing laptops?
  • In addition to lost laptops, what are the most significant threats to data security?
  • Does the "human factor" put laptops and data at risk?

The detailed results of the study discussed in this interview are fascinating. Have a listen and let us know your thoughts.

About the Author: Bruce Eric