Government department loses 83 BlackBerrys in three years

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Security firm claims statistics show need for wiping software to be installed on handsets

The Government’s department for business, innovation and skills lost 83 BlackBerrys in the last three years, a freedom of information request has revealed.

Following a request by security firm Veracode, the Government department revealed 16 other mobile phones issued by them had also gone missing since 2010.

According to Veracode the figures highlight the need for public and private sector organisations to have remote wiping facilities built into their handsets containing sensitive data.

Veracode senior security researcher Tyler Shields said: “The explosion of mobile devices in the last few years has improved working collaboration and productivity, but also created new risks for the private and public sector.

“It’s critical for the government to not only secure these devices with mobile location and remote lock and wipe technology, but also secure the apps that reside on them. A phone or tablet does not have to go lost or stolen to be at risk, and ensuring the security of mobile applications is equally critical to protecting against an ever increasing threat profile to governments and businesses alike.”

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