Survey Reveals UK Workers Putting Company Data at Risk

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22nd June 2012 14:57 - Information Technology

Fasthost Internet have completed a new survey of UK office workers that has uncovered a worrying trend - of the 1,000 people polled, one-in-four admitted to committing at least one ‘data security sin’.

In total, 37% said that they have taken risks with work related data or documents through a careless approach to data security while outside the office or by using personal and home computers to do their work.

Losing a USB stick, leaving laptops unattended in public or keeping important documents overnight in their cars were errors made by one in four of those questioned. It was also discovered that very few use a secure method of transferring data to and from the office.

Fasthost Internet’s Marketing Director, Steve Holford, commented: "Businesses can make the mistake of viewing data security as an on-site issue. Often, the risks can lie with physical loss or with personal computers. Firms should identify how their staff transfer and handle business documents outside of the workplace and then minimise the risks by providing them with clear advice and a secure and easy-to-use solution for handling the data."

The study also showed that currently, only 5% of people are using an online storage or backup device provided by their work place, with 2% sourcing their own backup routine.

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