Three-quarters of respondents to a recent poll believe that data loss is a collective responsibility.
The total cost of a data breach to UK organisations has risen to over £2 million, according to research.
Almost three-quarters of IT security professionals believe their organisations will suffer a data breach in next six months.
More than three-quarters of IT security professionals pick up and plug in USB sticks that they find.
Virtualisation and the cloud are bringing greater flexibility, agility and capabilities to users - but very little has been done to test data recovery plans.
The main concern for a third of public sector companies is reputational damage to their organisation.
"That won't happen to us, 'cause it's always been a matter of trust." This line from Billy Joel's 1986 hit single could easily describe the approach that many organisations have taken over the past five years to safeguarding the personal, confidential data that they hold.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council has been fined £150,000 for the loss of three DVDs which contained personal information.
Until fairly recently, headlines regarding data loss more often than not concerned lost laptops, USB drives and even CD-Roms.
Nasa has ordered all data on laptops to be encrypted after one was lost that contained sensitive personal information on employees and contractors.