In the last three years, the number of councils in Greater London that have reported stolen or lost mobile devices has risen by more than 100%, according to Freedom of Information data.
Parliament Street, a UK think tank, put together the report from responses gained from over 2/3 of the local councils in London. Over a three year period, nearly 1300 mobile devices were lost or stolen across the UK's capital Local Authorities. What is alarming is the rate of the overall increase, jumping from just over 300 in 2017, to more than 630 in the following 12 month period, a 109% increase.
"Phones went missing most often, accounting for 951 lost or stolen devices over the period. The figure rose 122%, from 215 in 2016-17 to 478 in 2018-19.
Laptop losses also almost doubled over the period, from 64 to 124, while tablet losses increased slightly from 26 to 33.
Lambeth was most affected by missing devices, recording 281 losses, 84% of which were mobile phones. Next came Richmond and Wandsworth (123) and Brent (170). Richmond and Wandsworth, which reported together, saw a 666% increase in lost and stolen devices, while the figure stood at 74% in Brent." stated the Information Security news article.
Bridgeway Security Solutions Managing Director, Jason Holloway, commented "The challenge today is that the traditional physical, network, device and application security perimeters have all but disappeared. Our users are increasingly mobile, accessing corporate data from multiple devices across multiple networks and using multiple apps."
“With more and more mobile devices being used in the workplace, there's a greater risk for them to end up in the wrong hands, and confidential data being stolen or leaked. Every single council (and organisation for that matter) should have robust security measures in place to ensure that all mobile devices can be located and remote-wiped.” he added.
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