Laptops are the weakest link, says IDC

Business 'being left exposed' by endpoint devices

Spending on security is flattening after years of growth, but laptops and other such endpoint devices remain a weak link in the security of many organizations, according to an IDC analyst.

IDC security analyst Eric Domage told Computerworld that after six years of growth in security spending the boom was over, but firms had yet to address certain weak points in their security, with laptops the weakest link.

"Since the beginning of the year, almost every week there has been a story of client, customer or employee privacy exposure, usually related to a stolen laptop. And the data that has been lost or fallen into the wrong hands has included everything including client database details, retirement plans for employees and social security numbers, and even access to the global IT system," said Domage, who described such breaches as "absolutely crazy".

Domage said regulation designed to protect privacy, such as the U.K.'s Data Protection Act, as well as the risk of heavy fines, was prompting some U.K. firms to put in place more stringent security controls but more needed to be done.

Domage said high-profile cases like the theft of a laptop containing confidential customer information from Nationwide Building Society, had "dramatically changed companies' attitudes to personal data theft," and would in time prompt U.K. financial firms to change their behavior in the face of a possible fine.

Marks & Spencer, the NHS, Nationwide Building Society, the Metropolitan Police, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Southend Children services and Halifax Bank of Scotland are just some of high-profile examples that have been victims of data theft as a result of a stolen laptops.

To avoid such fines, Domage said there would likely be "a push to defend the end user that is travelling" and security firms offering endpoint security, enforced user-escort and global anti-malware services could do well.

Domage will be presenting at IDC's 17th annual European ICT Forum Enterprise 2.0, taking place in Berlin on 10 September.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Siobhan Chapman

Computerworld UK
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Stocking Stuffer

SmartLens - Clip on Phone Camera Lens Set of 3

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Aysha Strobbe

Microsoft Office 365/HP Spectre x360

Microsoft Office continues to make a student’s life that little bit easier by offering reliable, easy to use, time-saving functionality, while continuing to develop new features that further enhance what is already a formidable collection of applications

Michael Hargreaves

Microsoft Office 365/Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

I’d recommend a Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 and the new Windows 10 to anyone who needs to get serious work done (before you kick back on your couch with your favourite Netflix show.)

Maryellen Rose George

Brother PT-P750W

It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!

Cathy Giles

Brother MFC-L8900CDW

The Brother MFC-L8900CDW is an absolute stand out. I struggle to fault it.

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?