Credant Surveys Baseball Parks and Finds Thousands of Mobile Devices Are Left Behind by Enthusiastic FansPersonal and corporate data at risk as smartphones and tablets are forgotten at the game
Addison, Texas – April 26, 2012 — Credant Technologies, the trusted expert in data protection, today announced results of their fourth quarterly survey, this time looking at major league baseball venues across the US. With one-third of all venues reporting results, the numbers again corroborate the urgent need to protect sensitive personal and corporate information accessible on smartphones, tables, USBs and laptops – more than seventeen hundred devices were left behind at ten baseball parks during the six month season.
Credant's survey focused on Major League Baseball venues across the United States, including historic Wrigley Field and Busch Stadium and AT&T Park - home to the most recent World Series champions - the 2011 Cardinals and 2010 Giants. The results found most lost devices were recovered from seats and restrooms brought to lost and found areas and ultimately donated to charities if left unclaimed for more than 30 days.
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The more than 1,700 lost mobile devices were as follows:
- 97% smartphones and tablets
- 2% USBs
- 1% laptops
"Our most recent survey highlights the steps venues take to protect wireless devices found on the premises, the majority securely store them for up to 30 days, awaiting the rightful owner," said Sean Glynn, vice president of marketing at Credant Technologies. "It's what happens next that underscores the critical need for information protection. With most unclaimed devices either recycled or donated, it is highly unlikely that these devices are securely wiped clean of all usable information."
Further survey findings show that most lost devices are recovered from under seats, in cup holders and in restrooms. Lost devices are brought to guest or fan service areas and are always stored in locked locations for a period of time. Each venue has a lost and found procedure – the amount of time items are held varies between ten and 30 days and discarding ranges from recycling to charitable donations.
While the survey reveals more than half of lost devices are reclaimed by the owner, hundreds of devices will make their way to new owners, putting personal and enterprise data at serious risk indefinitely.
"With each survey's new findings, it's important for IT administrators to remind employees of four simple measures to prevent data from falling into the wrong hands," said Geoff Webb, director of product marketing. "First, password protect with a strong password only you know. Second, encrypt the data – never assume the finder won't snoop around. Third, keep track of your mobile devices. And fourth, if you lose your device, check in with security or guest services, you may be pleasantly surprised."
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Credant Technologies completed interviews with representatives responsible for lost items at 10 professional baseball parks across the US to find out what wireless devices were left behind by game and special event goers. Outreach was conducted to all 29 ballparks in the US – of which 34.48% participated in the phone survey. One newly opened facility had no data, one venue refused to participate citing privacy issues and 17 stadiums were unreachable. Topping the list of most unusual items was the urn of a loved one's remains left under a seat.
About Credant Technologies
Credant Technologies is the trusted expert in data protection. Founded in 2001, Credant's solutions comprehensively address the leading enterprise security issues of controlling, managing and protecting data located on desktops, laptops, smart phones, removable media or private or public cloud infrastructures. Credant Technologies' flagship product, Credant Mobile Guardian, offers the broadest range of integrated enterprise solutions. Investors are Austin Ventures, Menlo Ventures, Crescendo Ventures, Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO), and Intel Capital (NASDAQ:INTC). For more information, visit www.credant.com.
Nina Gill and Paul DiPerna