Are you letting your employees bring their own devices to work? In today’s guest post, Gytis Barzdukas explains how this can put your business data at risk–and how to take steps to secure it.

With dramatically changing work habits and more employees than ever before holding sensitive company data on personal devices, the risk of lost or stolen data is on the rise. With bring your own device (BYOD) becoming more common and with the start of the spring-summer business travel season and a larger number of professionals than ever on the road, employees are carrying sensitive company or client data with them on their laptops, tablets and smartphones. A recent survey commissioned by Mozy shows that one in nine businesses have experienced the theft of a laptop, and in 98 percent of such cases they were not able to recover all of the lost data.

While just over two-thirds of companies surveyed do have formal backup processes, most are using antiquated methods such as external hard drives with no online backup connection, or tape. Both are extremely susceptible to failure in the event of an on-site disaster.

It’s never too late for companies to sit down and ensure they have defined best practices and policies to protect sensitive company and client information. If employees are using personal devices for work, companies should consider what kind of work can be performed on their devices, and how to ensure that confidential information is not at risk if the device is lost or stolen.

If your company doesn’t have a backup and data recovery policy today, it’s time to put a basic plan in place. Using tape, server and thumb drives is a start, but any good backup plan should consist of having both a local and offsite copy. Mozy recommends that all company data – whether it resides on employee personal devices or company equipment – be automatically backed up to a secure, reliable location.

Gytis Barzdukas is Director of Product Management for online backup service Mozy.