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BBC staff lose £750,000 worth of electronics kit in three years

Negligent staff lost 399 laptops, 39 tablets and 347 phones
Wed Apr 10 2013, 16:32
BBC Finance

BRITISH BROADCASTING CORPORATION (BBC) employees have lost £750,000 worth of electronics kit over the past three years, a Freedom of Information (FOI) request revealed on Wednesday.

BBC staff have lost a grand total of 399 laptops, 39 tablets and 347 smartphone devices over the past 36 months, the FOI request revealed. Each lost or stolen laptop or tablet costs the Beeb on average £1,500, while each smartphone lost costs between £100 and £300.

If you're asking yourself "what tablet costs £1,500?", that figure covers the cost of the BBC's leasing agreement and support charges.

The figures show that crime is on the rise at the BBC, either that or the firm is employing more negligent staff by the day. In 2012, for example, 22 tablets were lost or stolen compared to just six in 2010 and 2011.

A BBC spokeserson told The INQUIRER, "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.

Tyler Shields, senior security researcher at Veracode - the company which made the FOI request - said the rise in bring you own device (BYOD) schemes has meant companies, such as the BBC, must be more careful about the security of these devices

"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," Shields 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," he added. µ


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