Mobile Devices Bring More Risk for Businesses

Risks of data breaches grow as devices like smartphones and tablets proliferate.

smartphoneThe rise of mobile devices has created uncertainties regarding what authority a company has over an employee’s personal device if it is also used for work-related activities, and what actions a company must take if a device is lost or stolen, according to experts.

Mobile devices are vulnerable to cyber attacks just like desktop computers and laptops are, according to Larry Collins, vice president, e-solutions, risk engineering at Zurich NA. Speaking yesterday during Advisen’s webinar, “Cyber Security: The Growing Liability of Handheld & Mobile Devices,” Collins explained that these devices are essentially mini or micro computers, and he added that any computer system that has a networked connection or software system can be broken into and hacked.

Mullen said that if an employee connects a personal device to a company network, the company just inherited responsibility for that device.

Despite the risks, though, Catherine Mulligan, senior vice president at Zurich NA, said that in an age where employees take advantage of 24/7 connectivity, a mix of personal and company information on personal devices “feels pretty inevitable.”

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