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One In Three IT Professionals Lose Portable Storage Devices

InfoSecurity Europe : 28 June, 2012  (Technical Article)
InfoSecurity Europe poll reveals extent of hazards associated with carrying portable storage devices around without adequate encryption
One In Three IT Professionals Lose Portable Storage Devices
Over one-third (34%) of IT professionals surveyed in a new poll during Infosecurity Europe 2012 have admitted losing portable storage devices containing personal or corporate information. This result highlights a rising trend in the percentage of IT professionals putting portable data at risk, compared with similar surveys conducted by iStorage over the past two years. Approximately 23% and 29% of respondents admitted to losing portable storage devices in 2010 and 2011 respectively.

iStorage conducted the 2012 survey with 188 attendees during the April event in London. Data captured by the survey revealed less than half (46%) of respondents encrypted data stored on portable devices, putting corporate and personal information at risk. The survey also revealed for the second consecutive year, 98% of Infosecurity Europe 2012 respondents believed data loss to be a ‘serious and/or growing’ problem for corporations.

Key statistics:

* 34% of respondents admitted losing portable storage devices containing corporate or personal data, up from 23% and 29% in 2010 and 2011 respectively

* 46% of respondents said they encrypt data stored on portable storage devices

* 98% of respondents believed data loss to be a “serious and/or growing” problem

* 96% of respondents felt encrypted storage devices are more preferable to unencrypted storage devices in daily use


John Michael, Managing Director at iStorage, said, “Once again it is alarming and disappointing to see an annual increase in the percentage of IT professionals - those who should be beyond reproach on the subject of data security - failing to protect corporate information on portable storage devices. Comparing these 2012 statistics with data gathered by iStorage at previous Infosecurity Europe events show many continue to struggle reconciling broad security issues with corporate data protection procedures.”

iStorage recently launched diskAshur, the next-generation hardware encrypted USB 3.0 2.5” disk drive with alphanumerical PIN code access. The device combines a broad range of digital and physical data protection measures, coupled with SuperSpeed USB 3.0 connectivity and capacities of up to one terabyte (1TB) to provide businesses with a robust and compact solution to data security. diskAshur is available in capacities of between 250GB and 1TB and either 128-bit or 256-bit AES-XTS hardware encryption.
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