UK companies fall behind on data leakage policies

Fewer UK companies have policies to prevent data leakage than those in the US and Germany according to Trend Micro.

Fewer UK companies have policies to prevent data leakage than those in the US and Germany according to Trend Micro.

The security firm said only 48% of UK companies have data leakage polices in its 2008 survey of corporate end users. This compared with 57% in Germany and 54% in the US.

UK end users are also less likely to know what type of information is confidential or to receive training on data policies where they exist.

Only 57% of UK respondents said they had received training on data policies, compared with 69% in the US and 66% in Germany.

Rik Ferguson, solutions architect at Trend Micro said the survey showed organisations needed to improve user education, security policies and access rights.

"A majority of leaks happen from within, either by accident or by design, caused by valid users who have access to data within a corporate network," he said.

According to Ferguson, enterprises need to carry out effective identification and classification of information assets and intellectual property.

"A risk assessment of what happens when that data is exposed allows organisations to create an enforceable data security policy and educate staff in the application of that policy," he said.




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