The BBC has lost close to 1,000 devices in the last three years, at a cost of almost £1m, according to a recent Freedom of Information request.
The information, gathered by security firm Veracode, showed that 785 devices consisting of tablets, laptops and smartphones were all lost or stolen since 2012, costing the BBC, and therefore licence fee payers, £750,000.
In total 399 laptops, worth around £1,500 each, 347 mobiles costing between £100-£300 and 39 tablets worth around £1,500 were lost or stolen during the period.
At the highest possible calculation this would put the losses at £598,500 for the laptops, £104,100 for the mobile and £58,000 for the tablets.
V3 asked the BBC for information on the total number of devices it provides its staff to give some context to the figures, but was told such information was not available.
Although the total number of devices lost is likely to be a fraction of the total used by staff Tyler Shields, senior security researcher at Veracode, said the figures underlined the need for organisations to ensure adequate security measures are in place on devices used by staff.
“The huge rise in mobile and tablet devices in the workplace means that staff are able to work from home and on the move, increasing productivity and collaboration. But increased mobility also opens up new risks for organisations due to vulnerabilities in applications that reside on these devices,” he said.
“To tackle this problem, it’s critical that businesses ensure that all devices are protected and secure, by identifying and fixing application vulnerabilities, to prevent malicious hackers from exploiting them.”
A BBC spokesperson said: “We are very mindful that this equipment is paid for from the Licence Fee and we make every effort to keep theft and loss to a minimum. The BBC has implemented a number of measures to reduce the level of crime.”
The figures are the latest in a series of losses to be revealed, with the department for Business, Skills and Innovation (BIS) revealing it had lost 83 BlackBerry devices in the last few years, as well as a number of laptops.
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