The majority of firms feel that their businesses’ current data authentication practices are not fully secure, a new study has found.

A survey entitled IT Security and Authentication: Key Concerns in 2008 by Positive Networks found that keeping sensitive data secure was the top concern for professionals who work with computers.

The findings revealed that 93 per cent of those questioned admitted they had concerns regarding their company’s data protections measures.

Meanwhile, some 20 per cent acknowledged that their firm had fallen victim to a breach in security on at least one occasion in the past.

In comparison, just three per cent of the firms polled by Positive Networks expressed a lack of concern for data authentication and security.

The report comes after a similar survey by Symantec into the main concerns of professionals who work in IT, which found that “high-profile data losses” were among the top ten complaints.

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