Enterprises are failing to encrypt backup tapes of critical data.


A survey by Thales revealed that despite efforts are being made to use encryption with servers, email and PCs, 35 per cent were unsure as to whether they would be using encryption of tape backups of this data.


On top of this, a further 50 per cent confused about how encryption keys might be stored. Of fourteen uses of encryption over the next five years, tape encryption only figured in 11th place.


Bryta Schulz, vice president product marketing at Thales, said: “Encryption has been added as a feature but admins turn it off because it's too cumbersome. The companies in question often thought they were using encryption even when they turned out not to be. They have no way to audit this.


"It is encouraging to see that more organisations are proactively securing sensitive data but the survey suggests there is still room for improvement. Most organisations appear to be securing sensitive data in an unplanned and unstructured way leaving both the organisation and data at risk.”