Take your company's most sensitive documents, shove them in a plastic grocery bag and walk outside in a rainstorm. This will make you as effective at corporate secrecy as one-third of IT workers, when it comes to safeguarding their phones.
According to a survey of 227 IT professionals, a majority of whom are employed by large companies, a devil-may-care 35% don't use passwords on their business phones. This wouldn't merit a mention if the survey, conducted by London-based security firm Credant Technologies, hadn't also found that 80% of its respondents kept clients' contact information on their phones.
Coupled with the 23% who keep work e-mail and 12% who keep calendars on their smart phones, IT workers have become walking file closets - and companies want the keys back.
"The idea of taking a notebook computer on the road without protecting the device or certain files is a regrettable concept, but workers just don't feel that the information that's available on their phone is that sensitive," says Charles King, principal analyst for Hayward, Calif.-based research firm Pund-IT. "They haven't quite gotten it through their heads that the phones are gateways to very valuable information that should be secured."In the case of former Telstra