The Absolute 2012 Endpoint Security Report Shares Data Security Trends and Information From 12,000+ Stolen Device Investigations Around the World
Vancouver, Canada: September 4, 2013 – Absolute® Software Corporation (TSX: ABT), the industry standard for persistent endpoint security and management solutions for computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones, today released the second annual Absolute Endpoint Security Report.
The report is a follow-up to the 2011 Computer Theft Report, expanded to include trends in data protection undertaken by Absolute customers in calendar year 2012. Data protection details include data recovered and deleted as well as the types of encryption employed.
“Data protection continues to be a priority for our customers,” said John Livingston, CEO at Absolute Software. “In 2012 our customers performed over 6,440 data delete commands, an increase of 34% from 2011. This focus on data security speaks to the needs of our corporate customers to safeguard against data breaches and to satisfy compliance requirements by government and corporate regulatory bodies.”
Additional information in the report compares statistics from device theft in 2011 with successful theft recovery investigations that occurred in 2012. Interesting changes include:
- Device theft increased in Chicago and Washington DC, although Chicago maintained its first place position as the #1 city for device theft
- Houston, Boston, Detroit, and Los Angeles all saw theft rates decline
- The United States continues to top the report as the country with the highest number of reported thefts
“In 2012, the Absolute Investigations and Recovery Services team investigated over 12,700 device theft reports,” said Ward Clapham, Vice President, Investigation and Recovery Services at Absolute Software. “The mobility of the end user is a definite trend we’ve observed, with many recoveries occurring in a different country – and even a different continent – from where the device was originally stolen. This geographical expansion allowed us to hit a team milestone in mid-2013, with the inclusion of Kosovo for a total of 103 countries where we’ve effected the successful recovery of a stolen device.”