A new survey reveals that many firms are leaving their business data open to security breaches, potentially compromising the security of their mailing lists.

According to research from Credant Technologies, more than half (52 per cent) of companies do not encrypt their business data when they carry it portably between various locations.

The study, which questioned 277 professionals, found that a lot of the business data being left unprotected is sensitive and would cause serious repercussions for the organisation if it was misplaced.

Two-thirds (67 per cent) of the unprotected data is intellectual property, followed by customer data (40 per cent) and employee details (26 per cent).

Sean Glynn, vice-president and chief marketing officer of Credant Technologies, said: “If over half of this IT savvy audience are carrying unprotected sensitive information on USB sticks, it makes me question just how big this problem is.”

Symantec’s latest 2010 Global SMB Information Protection Survey found that small and medium-sized businesses (SMB) are now making business data protection their highest IT priority.

Posted by Matthew Collins, Technical Director – IT Data Cleaning, Hygiene, Analytics, Databases

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