Survey find that more than half of IT departments do not protect laptops or use data or device encryption

More than half of UK corporate laptops are not protected against theft or data loss.

A survey of 130 UK public and private organisations by Check Point found that 52 per cent of respondents do not use data or device encryption to secure their business laptops, while a further eight per cent admitted they did not know if encryption was in use.

The survey of UK IT managers and senior IT staff revealed a growing preoccupation among organisations over consumerisation of technology, with employees using personal devices like laptops or smartphones for work purposes. It found that employees use personal devices for work in 55 per cent of the organisations surveyed; yet 39 per cent of the respondents said they had no formal process for deploying security to these devices.

Only 37 per cent of the organisations prohibited the usage of laptops or smartphones for professional purposes and 61 per cent restricted access to the organisation's network or data resources from personal devices.

Nick Lowe, Check Point's head of sales for Western Europe, said: “All the data security surveys conducted by Check Point in the UK in the last three years have consistently revealed similar results. The use of encryption on corporate laptops has not grown, with less than 50 per cent having data encryption deployed.

“The HMRC data breach of three years ago stressed the need for data encryption, but a majority of businesses have not yet learnt the lesson. Data loss and breaches can strike anytime and affect any organisation, whether private or public.

“Consumerisation of business IT is also a clear concern among IT administrators. Many organisations have not set up an appropriate plan to secure the use of personal laptops and smartphones in the workplace. These vulnerabilities need to be addressed by a combination of education and technology so that organisations can protect their data, their business and their employees against security risks.”

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