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IT professionals do not display enough concern for data encryption

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Nearly two-thirds of IT professionals have admitted that they do not encrypt data stored on portable storage devices.

According to a survey of 106 delegates at IP Expo 2012 by iStorage, 64 per cent admitted to not encrypting data held on portable storage devices, while fewer (than those surveyed in 2011) believed that data loss was a serious concern.

In its 2011 survey, 99 per cent of respondents said that data loss was a serious or growing concern, but this reduced to 96 per cent this year.

The number of IT professionals who admitted to losing a portable data storage device also decreased slightly from 40 per cent in 2011 to 39 per cent. The same question asked at this year's Infosecurity Europe event found that one-third (34 per cent) admitted to this.

John Michael, managing director at iStorage, said: “The results of this latest iStorage survey to be conducted at a major UK information technology event reinforce the notion that IT professionals are putting company data at risk.

"However, what is more alarming is the reduction in those believing data loss to be a serious or growing concern, suggesting many are becoming increasingly complacent. This comes at a time when IT professionals should act as guardians of digitised corporate data, especially as the Information Commissioner's Office can fine offending organisations up to £500,000.”

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