When the “bring your own device” (BYOD) trend first emerged, many companies were uncertain how to handle data security and ensure their data wasn’t compromised or put in the wrong hands. Today, CIOs and CISOs are well aware that BYOD is one of the biggest threats to enterprise data security. Employees bring their cell phones, iPads and laptops to the office and use them for personal and corporate purposes. Adding unsecure devices such as these to the IT ecosystem threatens the company’s network and could lead to compromised data.

Nearly 70 percent of security professionals say losing company or client data is their biggest BYOD security concern. In particular, when employees are fired or leave a company, deleting corporate data on their personal devices is the last thing on their minds as they’re on their way out the door. They often end up bringing company data with them on their personal iPads and smartphones. Or worse — they delete all of their email, customer information and corporate files. As a result, the company either feels in jeopardy of having the employee share sensitive data or feels at risk of losing important company information. As an IT manager for many enterprises, I’ve seen both of these scenarios harm companies and their customers just as much as invasive ransomware such as Cryptolocker.

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