A survey by Check Point has revealed that data encryption deployments by UK organisations have increased by just one per cent since November 2007.


Almost half (49 per cent) of the respondents claimed that they had data encryption solutions deployed in their organisations, 38 per cent said they did not and 13 per cent said they did not know if encryption was in use.


These statistics represent a one per cent increase in encryption deployment in the past 14 months, as in the 2007 survey 48 per cent said they had encryption, 40 per cent said not, and 12 per cent did not know.


Respondents also claimed that investment in data encryption technology was their second-highest purchasing priority just behind remote access technology.


Nick Lowe, Check Point's regional director for Northern Europe said: “Evidently the lessons of the last year and a half – that a data loss or breach can happen to any organisation, whether private or public – have not been learned.


“It's amazing that there has been no significant growth in the use of data encryption, when it is the one security technology that can stop any type of data leak.”