How much is the data on your mobile device worth?

According to a recent survey conducted by Ponemon Institute, the average value of data stored in respondents’ mobile devices is around $14,000. It’s a mix of photos and videos, contact lists, email, apps, music, documents and text messages – both personal and work-related data.

Business and personal data all in one device

Only a fifth of people surveyed claim to use their mobile solely for personal use – the rest freely access corporate email and store confidential business documents. Despite their worries about the risk of their mobile being hacked or infected by malware (59%), nearly half are not concerned about the security of work-related data. I imagine them saying: “What’s at stake? It’s my company’s life, not mine”.

Photos of family valued more than work email

When asked to assign a monetary value to specific categories of data, photos of family and friends are worth $3,074 against $1,118 assigned to work email. As a consequence, you might think family portraits with dogs are more protected than business data, because they have sentimental value. But you would be wrong: half of respondents do not take steps to protect any kind of data. Are their employers aware of that?

Spread information security best practices

If you think you belong to the 80% of people who use their personal mobile for work purposes and want to make sure your company doesn’t go out of business because of a data breach caused by your carelessness (you never know), you should attend the brand new Information Security & ISO27001 Staff Awareness E-Learning course. Over the course of 40 minutes you will learn about information security, your duties as an employee and best practice to avoid risky situations.

Inform your manager about this opportunity to protect the company by investing in a staff awareness programme!