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InfoSecurity Europe Survey on UK trends published

Bell Micro : 17 June, 2008  (Technical Article)
Bell Micro releases disturbing results of survey into UK business IT Security attitudes conducted at InfoSecurity Europe 2008 in London
The security division of value-added distributor Bell Micro has announced findings from a new independent research report which suggests that UK businesses are still failing to address the protection of data assets on the network from staff abuse, misuse or direct theft.

Nearly half (47%) of the respondents questioned at InfoSecurity Europe 2008 believed their companies were yet to implement real time systems that would inform IT departments if security levels were breached.

Most respondents in IT based roles (74%) recognise, and work to protect, against the danger of rogue connections such as customer or contractor laptops yet almost half (43%) were failing to enforce a policy of encrypting data on portable devices - such as personal laptops, PDAs and removable media. Worse still, 62% of respondents indicated that IT departments would be unable to detect if an employee copied data off a server onto a PC, laptop, USB stick or a disk.

"What these findings show is that there is still a paramount need to increase attention to data management and protection in an organisation," said Steve Browell, General Manager, of the Security Division at Bell Micro. "How data is encrypted, moved and stored must move up the business agenda, otherwise we are just leaving the gates wide open for the horse to bolt. The tools are already available but vendors, distributors and resellers alike must come together to deliver better education to customers and create a total service that can deliver true data loss prevention."

While security remains a key investment for UK businesses, this latest research suggests that critical network security services are either yet to be broadly adopted or have been purchased but incorrectly implemented. Bell Micro is committed to driving channel awareness and providing technical and marketing support for security resellers wishing to address the apparent disconnect relating to securing and controlling data within the network.

"Bell Micro believes this research highlights a prime opportunity for resellers to offer corporate security health checks and deliver new revenue streams in the security market," concluded Browell.
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