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 MiniSaver™ Mobile Lock, the thinnest security lock for Ultrabooks and tablets, and the new patented Cleat™ 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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Kensington is a leading provider of desktop and mobile device accessories, trusted by IT, educators, business and home office professionals around the world for more than 35 years. Kensington products empower people to dynamically interact with content, creating a better working experience for productive performance. In both office and mobile environments, Kensington’s extensive portfolio of award-winning products provides trusted security, desktop productivity innovations, and ergonomic well-being. Our core competencies in engineering, industrial design, product quality and responsive customer support make Kensington The Professionals’ Choice™.
Headquartered in San Mateo, California, Kensington operates as the technology division of ACCO Brands (NYSE: ACCO), one of the world’s largest designers, marketers and manufacturers of branded business, academic and consumer products, sold in more than 100 countries across the globe.
Kensington is the inventor and worldwide leader in laptop security locks, the acknowledged leader of Trackball innovation and offers a broad range of premium-branded desktop productivity solutions.