It’s only a phone

A new survey shows that employees do not worry too much about data security on company-owned cellphones.

If a survey by Vancouver's Absolute Software Corp. is any indication, employees have a rather casual attitude toward cellphone security — even when the device is owned by their employer.

In the survey, one-quarter (25.2%) of respondents claimed there should be no punishment for losing corporate data because security is not their responsibility. And of those who had actually lost a device, 34% said nothing happened as a result, while 21% got a "talking to" and 30% were asked to pony up for a replacement.

Perhaps most tellingly, nearly two thirds (59%) of all those polled estimated the corporate data on their mobile device to be worth less than $500.