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Protecting your company’s mobile data is a business imperative. It’s also a multi-functional process including backup and restore, safe file sharing, compliance and eDiscovery, analytics – and strong security and data loss prevention that stops the bad guys cold.

Apply encryption, IP address tracking, remote wiping, geo-location, access control – and do it all with centralized, policy-based management and auto-discovery.

Mobile devices are inherently at risk for loss and theft. Managing that risk is the heart of mobile security, but without the right tools it’s a losing game.

Look at the sheer number of remote and mobile devices that have access to corporate data. Whether company-issued or BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), employees average three mobile devices per user. That’s a lot of traveling devices and a lot of insecurity. Laptops are the worst security offenders: users commonly keep work files on the hard drive, and losing a laptop is an invitation to anyone who cares to take a look at the data.

The result is a growing number of data breaches throughout the world, many of them thanks to lost or stolen laptops. A 2014 study by the Ponemon Institute surveyed enterprises located all over the world, revealing that the average cost to a company was $3.5 million in US dollars – 15% higher than in 2013. The 2015 version of the study reported that in the United States, the average cost for each breached confidential record averaged $217 – and the average cost per breach soared to $6.5 million. Not all of these data breaches occurred on mobile devices but many of them did.

Serious data breaches can happen to anyone, anywhere. In 2014, a disgruntled employee stole laptops from Coca-Cola’s Atlanta headquarters. Among other data, the laptops contained unencrypted HR records containing personal information on over 70,000 people – suppliers, workers and contractors.

The level of the breach was devastating. The records listed Social Security numbers, addresses, names, driver’s license numbers, and many other details; all there for the taking.

Simply telling employees to keep tabs on their mobile devices in airports, hotels, homes and HQ is never going to be enough. Your company needs a way to let your employees do their work while you transparently protect their device against the bad guys.

Fortunately the technology is out there. Here’s how to find it.