UK organisations ignore the risk of unencrypted USB drives and do not follow appropriate USB security policies, it has been revealed.
A study of ten European countries conducted by the Ponemon Institute showed that only 32 percent of UK companies had USB governance policies, compared to 62 percent in Germany. This has resulted in 72 percent of UK employees having lost, and not reported, confidential data on USB drives in the last two years.
According to the research report, organisations polled lost more than 17,000 records containing staff or customer information in a 24 month period. And, at an average cost of £71 per record, based on Ponemon’s 2010 Annual Cost of a Data Breach Study, the financial implications of such data losses can be staggering.
The research, which surveyed companies in Denmark, Finland , France, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Poland and the United Kingdom, said that 67 percent of all missing USB drives are caused by negligence rather than fraud, but that of the 49,397 USB drives used by employees….. http://www.eweekeurope.co.uk/news/careless-uk-firms-ignore-usb-security-47250
Source: eWeek Europe.