Mobile e-mail devices could pose threat to networks

Tuesday, 13 September 2005, 1:58 PM EST

Large organisations are leaving their networks vulnerable to attack by failing to police unofficial use of mobile e-mail devices by their staff, Gartner will warn this week.

Staff are often tempted to link their personal mobile devices to the work e-mail system, particularly when they see senior staff with Blackberries or similar devices. But this can create serious security holes in networks, which can allow hackers, viruses and other malware into corporate systems, said analyst Monica Basso.

By Bill Goodwin at ComputerWeekly.

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