Data Loss Epidemic

Most UK companies are losing data every month a survey has found. The majority of UK businesses, 79 per cent, are losing data at least once per month, according to the survey of 250 senior IT staff at businesses larger than 1,000 staff.. Read the rest of the article here.

The results of such surveys are great marketing for companies such as CA with their portfolio of threat management tools. I suppose the question is how you define “losing data.” One record or a thousand records? Do you want to count every lost USB stick and mobile phone? Perhaps you should if they are likely to contain private data. Most of the problem is that we don’t know where all our data is. There’s no neat perimeter – it’s everywhere from in your pocket to the third party company that does your mailshots.

Personally I’d prefer to not play on scare stories and wild statistics. There’s a change of attitude required. We’re not going to solve data security problems with technology alone and it’s not simply an IT problem. It’s culture, training, awareness, and technology. We need people to start asking how to protect data rather than waiting to be told.