Half of IT professionals question the safety of their personal data
Half of IT professionals question the safety of their personal data

IT decision makers across Europe are worried about how many organisations can access their personal data and have low levels of trust in the IT security capabilities of their industry peers. Data from the Kaspersky Lab shows that only 55 percent of IT professionals trust that other organisations are looking after their personal data properly.


With the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) becoming enforceable in around six months (in May 2018), Kaspersky Lab undertook the study to find out more about the pressures IT decision makers are under to get data protection right, and their abilities to do so. Despite 73 percent of respondents saying that the security of their personal data is important to them, 64 percent said that they were worried with how many organisations had access to their personal data.


Due to the day to day way that personal data is treated, IT decision makers are more likely to take notice of it and be aware of the dangers in personal data. Research found that one-in-three (32 percent) are not confident that their own organisation can successfully demonstrate how, and from where, the personal data it holds is sourced - which could have severe consequences under the terms of the GDPR. Other countries do have a higher level of trust for IT professionals however, with three-quarters (76 percent) of IT decision makers in France trust organisations to protect their data. This is compared to 56 per cent in the UK and just 48 per cent in Germany.


Adam Maskatiya, general manager at Kaspersky Lab UK commented: “Given they deal with the challenges of data security as part of their daily role, it is perhaps no surprise that IT professionals feel strongly about personal data protection. They see threats from all directions and are acutely aware of the repercussions of a security breach,”


“However, it is concerning to see that their experiences have led to them losing faith in organisations and their peers. This clearly indicates that there is a long way to go before businesses are actually treating the data in their care with the respect it deserves – and before the GDPR deadline hits.”


The study questioned over 2,000 IT decision makers in organisations with more than 50 employees. The research was conducted in the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Netherlands, Portugal, Sweden, Denmark and Norway.