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UK’s 1m missing laptops is a business data time bomb

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The findings, from a survey of more than 600 UK businesses, showed that one in four have had a laptop lost or stolen in the last 12 months. With an estimated 4.8m businesses in the UK at the start of 2012, that’s more than a million missing laptops every year. Worryingly, just 28 per cent of business users have anti-theft security features installed on their laptops as standard.

In light of this, Real Business and Sony have launched a Twitter competition to identify the laptop loss and theft hotspots of which UK businesses need to be mindful.

To enter, all you have to do is tweet @SonyUK and tell the team where you’ve had a laptop lost or stolen from, before 3pm on Friday 15thMarch.

It could be the pub, a park, a plane, the train or even the tube – we want to hear from you.(but no specific venues please!)

Two lucky winners will receive the VAIO T Series Laptop a responsive and light weight Ultrabook” with all the connections, performance and security you need for business use.

The ticking data timebomb

The VAIO Digital Business 2013 report also revealed that nearly all respondents (90 per cent) have accessed company data from a personal device, regardless of corporate policy, with two thirds (66 per cent) admitting saving confidential data on their laptops.

When it comes to laptops, the UK is still a nation of workaholics – as many as 66 per cent of people take their work laptop home with them every day. In spite of this, nearly half of UK businesses are spending less than £1,000 per year on security measures for laptops and the data saved on them.

Whilst businesses clearly need to evolve with rapidly changing working practices, there are security solutions available on laptops right now that aren?t being used. Businesses should take advantage of this ready-and-waiting safety net, which can be easily implemented regardless of IT infrastructure.

Ruth Storey, VAIO Product Marketing Manager, Sony UK comments: Our research shows the extent to which BYOD and laptop security is an issue facing all businesses. The good news is there are features like fingerprint security access, remote lock down and location tracking available on many models, including VAIO, right out of the box.

“The findings also revealed that if you want staff to follow BYOD policy, it’s important to provide them with good quality, light weight machines, which feature good battery life and fast boot up. But it’s also crucial to educate them on how to use the mobile security measures available now. These simple steps would go a long, long way to defusing the potential time bomb that the UK’s 1 million missing laptops represent.

If your VAIO ever gets lost or stolen, don’t panic. It’s protected by”Intel” Anti-Theft Service to make sure your confidential data is safe from unauthorised usage. This smart security feature, built into the hardware of your VAIO, can detect potential theft and lock down your laptop to prevent access to your personal data.


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