Almost half of UK organizations still risking data breaches

According to the report, 52% of respondents said they use data encryption to secure their business laptops, while 43% said they do not have encryption deployed and a further 5% admitted they did not know if encryption was used.

The IT security vendor says that the survey took in responses from 320 UK public and private organisations - and shows that, some four years after the HMRC data disk loss and breach, half of organizations do not protect their removable media (USB sticks and drives).

Researchers also found that employees use personal devices for work in 61% of the organizations surveyed, but only 42% of IT managers said they had no formal process for deploying security to these devices.

Terry Greer-King, Check Point's UK managing director said that the results are encouraging in that they show more UK firms are protecting their laptops and data.

"But the rate of growth is slow, and nearly half of organizations still do not secure their data on portable computers and devices. At the same time, new threats such as consumerization are emerging, and many organisations haven't established measures to secure the use of personal laptops and smartphones in the workplace", he said.

"These threats need to be addressed by a combination of education and technology so that organizations can protect their data, their business and their employees against the risks of security breaches", he added.

Delving into the Check Point analysis, just 32% of respondents said they had any kind of data leak prevention solution to protect email traffic and sensitive files from reaching unauthorised individuals. 15% of those surveyed, meanwhile, reported they were considering solutions, and 38% said they had no plans to deploy a solution.

When asked if their organization had experienced a data loss incident in the past 12 months, whether accidental or malicious, 73% said they had not experienced an incident.

13% reported a breach due to a lost or stolen laptop, while 8% reported a breach from an email being accidentally sent to the wrong recipients and 7% reported a lost or stolen USB stick or removable storage device.

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