Mobile Devices at Risk of Theft During London Olympics: Report
Security firm Venafi estimated that 26,800 out of the 67,000 lost or stolen devices are likely to be smartphones.While athletes traveling to London for the Summer Olympic Games are looking to get their hands on the gold medal, spectators should try and keep one hand on their mobile phones. An estimated 67,000 mobile phones are likely to be lost or stolen during the games, according to security experts at Venafi, a provider of enterprise key and certificate-management solutions. As the number of smartphones and tablets has exploded in recent years, this year's games will see the largest-ever risk of corporate and personal data loss during an Olympics period, with an estimated 214.4 terabytes of potentially sensitive data likely to be lost or stolenequivalent to 200 million books' worth of data. These figures do not take into consideration the larger data volumes at risk from the loss or theft of other mobile devices, such as notebooks and tablets.
"There's been an explosion of corporate data available to users from their mobile devices. This is a real danger and one that is often overlooked," Gregory Webb, Venafi vice president of marketing, said in prepared remarks. "People don't consider or take action to protect the vast volumes of information they carry and have Internet access to. With the ever-shrinking boundaries between work devices and work-enabled personal devices, lost or stolen smartphones and other mobile devices that fall into the wrong hands place companies and business data at tremendous risk."