One in four UK firms use risky data transfer methods


One in four UK firms use risky data transfer methods

Warwick Ashford

UK employees continue to send data on CDs and by post despite knowing the data loss risks, research has found.

The problem is that 25% of UK businesses do not have secure transfer systems, a survey by IT services firm Axway has revealed.

The survey of 100 IT decision makers and 1,000 office workers showed that 72% of those who used CDs and ordinary post would prefer a more secure method.

This highlights that users are aware of the risks of physically transferring files, but will continue using these methods if there is no alternative, the survey found.

Only 33% of IT professionals said they were concerned about sensitive information on physical media such as CDs and memory sticks.

This shows the laissez-faire attitude that businesses are adopting towards sensitive data, the survey report said.

Dave Bennet, CTO of Axway, said it is disconcerting that businesses in the UK are not taking the transfer of sensitive information seriously enough.

"The issue is that secure alternative methods are not there and as a result, businesses are putting themselves at risk of data breaches," he said.

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