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Data breaches affect people's trust in businesses, survey shows

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14 January, 2013

Data breaches can have a significant effect on people's trust in businesses, new research shows.

A Check Point and YouGov survey found that 50 per cent of respondents admitted their trust in government and public sector bodies fell due to continual breaches and theft of data.

As well as this, 44 per cent said their trust in private businesses dropped for the same reasons.

Furthermore, 77 per cent of respondents admitted they would prefer to buy goods or services from a firm that had not experienced a data breach.

Terry Greer-King, UK managing director for Check Point, said: "It’s worrying that a significant number of knowledge workers regularly risk committing a breach though insecure computing practices, either in spite or in ignorance of their employer’s IT policies."

Mr Greer-King went on to say that data risks need to be addressed by education and technology.

This news comes after CloudPro reported on research by CipherCloud, revealing that worries over data theft are affecting business take up of cloud computing.

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