IT managers are compromising the security of their company information by not backing up and keeping adequate track of mobile staff notebooks, according to managed hosting specialist, Guardian iT.
According to the company, up to nine in every ten laptops may not be backed up in a society where one in every ten laptops is stolen.
"Most corporate IT managers still believe that most mission critical information sits on servers at the base office," said Mark Wheeler, director of product development and marketing at Guardian iT.
"In reality, key reports and spreadsheets will have gone out on portable devices unprotected and not backed up."
To combat this threat, Guardian iT has launched a hosted automatic backup and management service called MobileVault based on software from backup specialist, Connected Corporation.
Wheeler said that it would provide IT managers with a single view of their software and hardware assets when managing a corporate laptop fleet, but analysts dismissed the service as a "nice to have".
Graham Titterington, a security expert at analyst group Ovum, said that IT managers needed to back-up more but that it was more an issue of good practice than a case for outsourcing.
"We have a seen a few embarrassing incidents with lost and stolen laptops, but most of the data on a notebook will have been stored on the office system already," he said.
"Companies with a bad record may go for it, but normally with regards to storage IT departments are looking for return on investment options," he concluded.
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