Nearly 50 percent of IT departments have no form of encryption as part of their information security processes. The report which surveyed 320 people within the IT sector in a cross section of roles including IT directors, IT managers and IT workers revealed 43 percent had no idea if encryption software had been installed within their company.
This survey carried out by Check Point hits in the same week that leading QC Ruth Crawford mislaid a laptop with confidential case information and highlighted that 44 percent of those questioned actively use this form of information security to ensure removable media such as DVDs, removable drives and USB memory sticks are protected.
It was also shown that 13 percent of the IT professionals had the experience of a data loss incident within the business either in malicious or accidental circumstances. The MD of Check Point UK, Terry Greer-King commented:
“It’s encouraging that more UK firms are protecting their laptops and data, but the rate of growth is slow, and nearly half of organisations still do not secure their data on portable computers and devices. These threats need to be addressed by a combination of education and technology so that organisations can protect their data, their business and their employees against the risks of security breaches.”
The rise in security breaches and cyber attacks is making this area of IT a desirable niche for technology focused students and professionals looking for IT security jobs. Finding well qualified candidates in this area of information security recruitment is a challenge and those looking to break into this job market can differentiate themselves dramatically by ensuring they have the correct accreditations.