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London Mobile Device Security Falling Down

Venafi security experts report approximately 70,000 smartphones will be misplaced during the London 2012 Summer Olympics.

London Mobile Device Security Falling Down

by jharrington | July 27, 2012

Smartphones have changed the way we enjoy competition today. For those in the stands, tweets will be ongoing, photos will be snapped, and memories will be shared with friends and family enjoying on a couch at home. At a globally popular event such as the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, information sharing will be rampant from the Opening Ceremony all the way till the closing on August 12.

Losing in London
...your mobile device that is

Will you be in attendance at this year's Olympic games in London? If so, now is the time to decide whether you're taking your iPhone or Android smartphone along for the ride. According to a report by Venafi, the population of the United Kingdom capital will triple its standard during the 2012 Summer Olympics, which in turn will triple incidents of lost and stolen devices

Take home the gold with MDM

Unless your device has been enrolled in a mobile device management (MDM) service, it may be best to leave it behind. IT management logged into the MDM portal have the option to enforce strict passcodes on all enrolled smartphones and tablets—drastically reducing the liklihood that corporate data is seen by unwanted eyes. In the event that the device is cracked into, smartphones and tablets enrolled in an MDM service can be located using GPS location services and/or remotely wiped at a moments notice.

The Venafi report explains that 25,000 mobile phones are "lost or stolen in the London area" over any one-week period. Increased population over the next two weeks "will lead to an additional 17,000 lost or stolen phones, bringing the possible total to 67,000" by the event's end. The 2012 Opening Ceremony is scheduled to begin at 9 o'clock this evening in London. If you plan to bring an unenrolled device to the game, you are advised to tread carefully and keep your phone close at hand.

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