Fewer than one-quarter of respondents to a recent European-wide survey stated their belief that their company is doing enough to protect essential information from loss or theft.
According to a study recently commissioned by cyber security provider Sophos, 77 per cent of respondents overall said they were not confident that their business was doing enough to meet strict new guidelines from the EU regarding data protection and the need for effective data recovery in times of crisis.
In the UK, 78 per cent of workers believe personal information could be placed at risk by businesses that do not take the safeguarding of consumer data as seriously as they should, while 62 per cent stated their belief that business-critical corporate data could also be at risk.
Across the continent, 98 per cent of respondents agreed with the statement that information stored on mobile devices should be viewed as more important than the device itself, but many companies continue to lack the necessary technologies – such as encryption – to ensure that this data cannot be accessed if the device is lost or stolen.
However, the news was not all bad for UK businesses, as 60 per cent of respondents to the survey stated their company now has a data protection policy in place, compared to just 43 per cent of French respondents and 50 per cent in Germany.
Gerhard Eschelbeck, chief technology officer at Sophos, commented: “It’s clear from this research that despite the majority of end-users understanding the importance of information and the need to safeguard it, they are still prepared to ignore the dangers to make their lives easier.
“If we are to beat cybercrime, organisations need to ensure that the right policies are in place, not only to safeguard business critical information but also meet the needs of the employees.”
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