Businesses are starting to take the prevention of data leaks more seriously, an survey of IT professionals has revealed.
Ninety-three per cent of businesses are using data leakage prevention (DLP) tools, according to interim figures from the Launchpad Europe IT Security Index 2009.
And 70% of businesses worldwide are planning to make investments in DLP in the coming year.
"The survey shows that the vast majority of businesses have taken at least some action towards preventing confidential information being leaked," said Mike Burkitt, technical director at business development organisation Launchpad Europe.
Of the businesses surveyed, 65% are using e-mail and web filtering tools, 66% are encrypting hard drives, 51% audit and monitor users, and 40% encrypt USB drives.
Only 7.5% are using biometrics for authentication, but 9.4% said they planned to invest in biometrics-based systems in the next year.
Encryption of hard drives and employee monitoring top the investment priority list at 30.2%, followed by USB encryption and web filtering at 26.4%.
The online survey of how businesses are tackling IT security challenges is to close on 20 November and the final results will be published in December.