3BView Releases Results of Survey on "Mobile Device Usage and Document Security"

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Sixty percent of the respondents view the risk of metadata leakage via documents sent or forwarded via a mobile device as medium to high over the next 12 months. Full Results Are Now Available.

…while over 90 percent of firms with 51+ attorneys have a metadata tool in place for their desktops, only 3 percent have protection for documents sent or forwarded via e-mail from a mobile device.

3BView, a global leader in metadata removal, today announces the results of their “Mobile Device Usage and Document Security” survey that was conducted in late 2009. The focus of the survey was to better understand how mobile devices are being used in the day-to-day practice of a legal professional. The full survey report can be found at http://www.3bview.com/download/3BView%20Survey%20Results%202009.pdf.

“Mobile devices such as Blackberry, iPhone, PDAs and Netbooks present an increasingly practical alternative to laptops. They can access internal systems and enable the review, edit and forwarding of documents,” stated Paul Averill, CEO of 3BView. “However, as we found through this survey, while more than 90 percent of firms with 51+ attorneys have a metadata tool in place for their desktops, only three percent have protection for documents sent or forwarded via e-mail from a mobile device.”

The survey found that use of mobile devices as an alternative to laptops is high, as 67 percent reported reviewing documents via their mobile, with 50 percent doing so on a daily or weekly basis. A quarter of the respondents edit documents on their mobile device, which reflects the continuing improvements in features and user experience.

The survey received 236 responses from legal professionals around the world - 68 percent of respondents came from the United States and 14 percent of respondents came from the UK.

“We were very pleased with the participation we received with this survey and feel that it gave us a better read on what legal professionals are doing,” continued Averill. “While the risks of inadvertent metadata disclosure are well understood within the legal profession, there is clearly a rapidly emerging security gap via mobile devices.”

The company has also written a white paper titled, “Document Metadata: The Mobile Security Gap” that further analyzes this survey as well as other industry surveys. The paper can be accessed at http://www.3bview.com//download/Mobile%20Security%20Gap%20White%20Paper.pdf.

Server or Cloud Solutions from 3BView

3BClean is a server-based software system, as deployed within AmLaw 200 firms, that enables a practical and consistent level of metadata removal protection across desktops (PCs and Macs), mobile devices and access methods.

3BCleanDocs is a cloud-based metadata removal service for solos and small firms that provides protection across desktop and mobile devices. It can also provide protection for the mobile legal professional in large firms. To help firms evaluate this service, 3BView is offering a free two-month subscription for those who register before February 28, 2010. At the end of this complimentary period, the subscription will be $15 per month per user, without any minimum contractual period.

Individuals who wish to subscribe should register at http://www.3bclean.com.

About 3BView:
3BView is a global leader in metadata removal across multiple device types and access methods, enabling enterprises and government agencies to secure their documents, avoid commercial and reputational risks, and comply with regulatory requirements. For more information, please visit http://www.3bview.com.

Cathy Brode

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