"These results are mind boggling," said Miller Newton, CEO of PKWARE. "It's hard to believe how many companies are still scraping by with such lax security when handling their customers' valuable data. Just being compliant with basic security regulations isn't enough anymore. As demonstrated by numerous high profile cyber-attacks, organisations need to encrypt their data and have foolproof security measures in place."
Additionally, the survey revealed that 40% of UK tech senior decision-makers agree with the Investigatory Powers Bill, which would allow the government to bypass encryption. This demonstrates a lack of understanding of what encryption is and why it should be used.
Additional findings from the survey include:
- Less than half of all tech decision-makers train their staff in security measures.
- Only 40% of companies implement a clean desk policy – a move which doesn't require any investment.
- Only 35% of tech decision-makers think their staff definitely knows enough about data security and encryption to avoid a cyber-attack.
*According to the results of a survey of 250 senior technology decision-makers conducted by CensusWide on behalf of PKWARE in August 2016.
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