The flight is boarding and you are in a rush. You get on the plane. At 10,000 feet, you reach into your bag. Your laptop is not there.
It happens all the time. In fact, according to a new survey, more than 8,000 devices are left at seven of the largest airports in the United States, including: Chicago O’Hare, Denver International, San Francisco International, Charlotte Douglas, Miami International, Orlando International and Minneapolis/St. Paul.
The survey by Credant Technologies reveals some of the downsides of mobile and the security issues raided when the devices get lost. Here’s the breakdown:
People mostly leave devices at TSA checkpoints and restrooms. All but one of the airports donates the devices to charities. One airport sends the left behind devices to the authorities.
It’s evident then why the enterprise market now has its own category for “mobile device management. (MDM)” CIOs and IT managers are finding an increasing need for technology that protects these devices left in TSA bins, bathroom stalls and any other place you can imagine.
Gartner Research published a report on the topic last year. The report lists some recommendations:
MDM has steep demand. And it always will as long as we keep forgetting our tablets after we put our shoes back on at TSA security.