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Bell Micro research shows UK business is at threat from mobile technology; New sales opportunities develop for the Channel as 92% of UK businesses fail to be 100% mobile data secure
[December 01, 2009]

Bell Micro research shows UK business is at threat from mobile technology; New sales opportunities develop for the Channel as 92% of UK businesses fail to be 100% mobile data secure


(M2 PressWIRE Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Chessington, Surrey -- Research* commissioned by the Security division of Bell Micro, has identified a common critical flaw in UK IT security infrastructures that resellers must address through better customer education and delivery of end to end security solutions. When questioned, just 62% of UK organisations were able to monitor when users copied or moved data from the network onto portable devices or removable media, and a significant proportion (35%) were unable to track this at all.

Whilst 94% of organisations have some sort of solution in place to ensure lost or stolen portable devices do not present any risk to the company, should they fall into the wrong hands, 92% of respondents admitted that they do not have solutions in place which are 100% effective. Almost a fifth described their current solutions as poor.

"Despite the media scare stories and industry calls to action, a high proportion of businesses still appear to beblase about the security threat from mobile devices,"said Ed Callacher, Divisional Director at Bell Micro. "As the edge of the network extends outwards and becomes more diverse, the demand of perimeter security has distracted IT professionals from the critical issue of monitoring and managing what is occurring within the network itself. The threat to a business from mobile technologies presents a real opportunity for resellers to make margin from data loss prevention." Despite the increasing reliance on mobile technology, the levels of current business monitoring of mobile data - whether on PDAs, notebooks, smartphones, CDs/DVDs, or memory sticks is remarkably poor - in fact 80% of UK companies do not have all areas covered in this respect.


"Increasing sales of netbooks, laptops and other mobile business devices are redefining strategies within companies that need to embrace this new class of super portable device," said Callacher. "This shift in business thinking represents a whole host of new opportunities for partners who wish to add security to the mix as they can now deliver substantial security value to nearly half of UK businesses which have so far failed to define such a strategy to address these security issues within their network. Bell Micro is uniquely positioned to support those partners with consultation, educational resources and the latest hardware and software products from the leading vendors in the field." For more information on Bell Micro's security services please access: http://www.securethedeal.com/ Notes for Editors *The research was carried out by Dynamic Markets (www.dynamicmarkets.co.uk) on behalf of Bell Micro at Infosecurity Europe 2009. Among the 97 interviews, 84% are IT professionals and 16% have non-IT roles. During the interviews, respondents were aware that Bell Micro had commissioned the survey.

About Bell Micro Bell Micro is a global, specialist distributor of a wide range of high-tech products, solutions and services, including storage systems, servers, security, software, computer components and peripherals, as well as integration, maintenance and professional services. An industry-recognized specialist in storage products, this Fortune 1000 company is one of the world's largest storage-centric value-added distributors with revenues of over EUR2bn in Europe and $4bn world-wide.

Bell Micro is uniquely qualified with deep technical and application expertise to service a broad range of information technology needs. From design to deployment, its products and services are available at any level of integration, from components to sub-system assemblies and fully-integrated, tested and certified system solutions all designed to enhance its' partners. Bell Micro operates through three channels to market - industrial, commercial andenterprise - each of which offers a wide range of services and products from major ITvendors.

Bell Micro is the trading brand for Bell Microproducts Inc.

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