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Kensington Addresses the Challenges of Securing Enterprise BYOD

Leading Analyst Paper Validates the Need for Security Locks as First-Line-of-Defense in Overall Security Strategy

Kensington, a worldwide leader in delivering smart. safe. simple.™ computing accessories, today announced it has sold more than 132 million feet of computer locks, enough to stretch around the world. In September, the company revealed it had sold 20 million units of its comprehensive family of security products for mobile devices and PCs, a figure representing a 70 percent market share. As the trend of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) continues to build momentum, Kensington is well-positioned to capitalize on the growing concern around computing and security issues.

Research shows that the BYOD phenomenon continues to grow. In a recent IDC survey of U.S-based IT buyers, fully one-third said their company had already instituted a formal BYOD policy, and another 19 percent said they expected to institute a formal policy in the near term. The survey also revealed that informal support is notably higher and that while BYOD comes with many positive features, it poses daunting security challenges for even the best IT organizations.

In a recently published Analyst Connection, "The Role of Physical Security in a BYOD World," (January 2015) IDC addresses the proliferation of BYOD and the role that physical security plays in an overall security strategy. IT departments are expected to secure a variety of notebooks and desktops, as well as phones and tablets running a wide range of operating systems. Left to their own devices, many people fail to follow even the most simple and straightforward security measures. As mobile devices proliferate, IDC expects physical security, such as device locking mechanisms, to become equally important in this domain. The paper, available on Kensington's web site at kensington.com/IDCBYOD, outlines available solutions and best practices for implementing physical security.

"With more than two decades of experience providing security products, Kensington has a keen understanding of the first-line-of-defense requirements for protecting laptops, tablets and smartphones," said Louie Yao, Global Product Marketing Manager, Kensington. "The demand for physical security and BYOD security peace-of-mind will only continue to grow for devices and the data they store. BYOD is becoming increasingly prevalent, as are the heightened number of data breaches among industry-leading brands. We continue to lead innovation in this market, most recently with the introduction of the new MiniSaverTM Mobile Lock, the thinnest security lock for Ultrabooks and tablets, and the new patented CleatTM Locking Design. Kensington will continue to build on what has become known as the industry standard for physical security."

Kensington is the market leader in locking-slot specifications, locking technology and physical device locks. With more than 20 million security locks sold and integrated into over 1 billion notebooks, projectors and tablets since 1990, Kensington is the de facto standard in security slot technology. For more than 20 years, Kensington has delivered security products to businesses, large and small, including leading retailers, telecommunications companies, health providers and global financial institutions - as well as the technology manufacturers that supply them.

Over its history, Kensington has delivered security products that are compatible with nearly every major device manufacturer - including Dell®, HP®, Lenovo®, Toshiba®, and Samsung®. In fact, 95 percent of all business laptops, incorporate the Kensington Security Slot.

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