Just over a quarter of laptop users have lost valuable data when their computer has been stolen, lost or damaged, an industry survey has found.
Computer Associates' first quarterly storage trends survey looking at laptop data backup also found most companies do not have a systematic back-up policy in place to safeguard data on corporate laptops.
About 88 per cent of organisations surveyed said they had suffered theft, loss or damage to their laptops. Eighty-seven per cent further stated that their remote workers have sensitive or critical data on their laptops.
Of those who have had their laptop stolen, lost or damaged, 26 per cent said their data had never been recovered, just over half of respondents said their organisation was able to recover data in less than two days, and 19 per cent said it took more than two days.
Richard Collins, CA's regional manager, storage, said data on mobile devices "has been shown by our research to be as sensitive and critical as data on the corporate servers, but the backup and recovery policies are not as rigorous or systematic".
CA found organisations rely on their employees to manually back-up data files, but very few do. Those who do back up files tended to copy their data to the LAN.