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Public sector IT security attitude survey results.

BeCrypt : 11 October, 2007  (Technical Article)
BeCrypt survey discovers significant room for improvement in public sector attitudes to data protection and disaster recovery.
BeCrypt has released findings from its recent Public Sector Data Security Survey, (October 2007). The survey, conducted amongst Councils, London Boroughs and Police Authorities, investigated how public sector organisations are approaching the requirement for mobile working and the issues around this for data security. According to findings in the research, only 8% of those local authorities interviewed have full disaster recovery plans. In addition 90% of participants also claimed that they do not have special procedures for protecting sensitive data.

The survey was conducted by BeCrypt during August and September 2007. Questions in the survey asked what disaster recovery plans councils had in place in the event that employees may not able to get to work and how important mobile working is to the organisation and data security for mobile devices. It also included questions on data leakage and the usage of USB devices.

Richard Brooks Director of Sales EMEA of BeCrypt commented; "The survey provided an extremely useful piece of quantifiable research to assess how public sector organisations are approaching the increasing requirement for mobile working and the challenges that surround it.

"The use of laptops, USB devices and other removable media are posing an increasing risk to data security. The survey highlights that 30% of councils have no policy regarding the use of USB devices and the inadvertent or malicious threat of data leakage. It is evident that such organisations not only require a security policy, but also encryption solutions that enable it to be implemented."

BeCrypt provides a range of disk encryption, media encryption and data protection products that can be configured to the individual needs of clients. BeCrypt data security products, developed in consultation with government and corporate organizations, secure the data on desktops, laptops, PDAs, USB thumb drives and other removable media. They are designed to meet stringent security standards for both the government and commercial marketplace.

Copies of a white paper discussing the BeCrypt Public Sector Data Security Survey results are available direct from BeCrypt on request.
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