IT managers must thoroughly sanitize data on mobile devices before redeploying them to prevent sensitive information from ending up in all the wrong places, a report from Info-Tech Research Group says. Flash memory needs to be thoroughly erased using methods that go beyond manufacturers' instructions before mobile phones, smart phones and PDAs are junked, sold or transferred to other employees, the report advises.

"Paris Hilton won't be the only one with her phone records splashed around if managers don't become more aware of the hidden data on mobile devices," said Carmi Levy, senior research analyst at Info-Tech. "As the proliferation of mobile devices in business continues to accelerate, IT managers need to ensure data stored on these devices outside the corporate firewall is well managed to avoid leaks of sensitive corporate information."

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