Credant Survey Finds Consumers Left Thousands of Laptops and Smartphones at Airports Across the United StatesNumbers Illustrate Need for Vigilant Data Protection on Movable Information
Addison, Texas — July 12, 2011 — Credant Technologies, the trusted experts in data protection, today announced the results of its recent survey of airports in the United States finding that travelers left behind more than 11,000 laptops, tablet PCs, smart phones and USB sticks in the past year. Credant was able to gather results from a cross-section of some of the busiest airports across the country, including Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International (ATL), Dallas/Fort Worth International (DFW), Denver International (DEN), Phoenix Sky Harbor International (PHX) and Las Vegas - McCarran International (LAS).
According to the Federal Aviation Administration, more than 133 million passengers boarded a flight at one of the aforementioned airports in 2010. The vast majority were carrying at least one wireless device, perhaps two or more. The consequences of leaving behind these devices is difficult to quantify, but people traveling for business or pleasure are likely to access their company's corporate network, favorite website or online merchant, resulting in sensitive information residing on endpoint devices. If unauthorized individuals can obtain one or more of the devices left behind at an airport, and the device is not encrypted, the consequences could be severe.
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A 2008 study conducted by Ponemon Institute indicated that 53 percent of business travelers say their laptops contain confidential and sensitive information. 65 percent of those travelers admit they do not take steps to protect or secure their information. The report also indicated that the average business cost when confidential information is lost is $197 per each individual record.
"Our survey of five airports in the United States shows that travelers are leaving behind their portable devices at an alarming rate. Extending these results across a larger number of airports would indicate that hundreds of thousands of devices are left behind every year," said Bob Heard, co-founder and CEO of Credant Technologies. "Unsecured data on lost devices can end up in the wrong hands with potential consequences of fraud and identity theft. To combat this it is critical for all devices accessing corporate networks or carrying sensitive information to use encryption software."
Surprisingly, travelers tend to leave laptops, tablets and smart phones behind at a much higher rate than USB sticks. Credant's research showed that, 4,416 laptops (37.5 percent), 4,380 tablets/smartphones (37.2 percent) and 2,952 USB sticks (25.1 percent) were left behind. While security checkpoints are the most popular locations for devices to be left behind, airports also report food courts, baggage claim areas, restrooms and check-in gates also make the list.
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Amusingly, laptops, tablets and USB sticks weren't the only items travelers leave behind at airports. Other items run the gamut from eyeglasses, hearing aids, dentures and baby strollers, to urns, pets, motors, bowling balls, and even prosthetic legs.
About Credant Technologies
Credant Technologies is the trusted expert in data protection. Credant's data security solutions mitigate risk, preserve customer brand and reduce the cost of compliance, enabling business to "protect what matters." Credant has been recognized by Inc. magazine as the #1 fastest growing security software company in 2008 and 2007; was selected by Red Herring as one of the top 100 privately held companies and top 100 Innovators; and was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year® 2005. Austin Ventures, Menlo Ventures, Crescendo Ventures, Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO), and Intel Capital (NASDAQ:INTC) are investors in Credant Technologies. For more information, visit www.Credant.com.