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AlertBoot offers a cloud-based full disk encryption and mobile device security service for companies of any size who want a scalable and easy-to-deploy solution. Centrally managed through a web based console, AlertBoot offers mobile device management, mobile antivirus, remote wipe & lock, device auditing, USB drive and hard disk encryption managed services.

Data Encryption And Security: Breaches More Stressful Than Divorce

According to new survey, protecting a company's data is more stressing than getting a divorce or getting fired.  I didn't think I'd live the day when I could claim that data encryption software like AlertBoot can be used to relieve stress.

72% Think Divorces are Easier

According to the survey by Websense, 1,000 IT managers and 1,000 non-IT employees were surveyed in the US, UK, Canada, and Australia.  Results show, among other stuff:

  • 72% think that protecting company data is more stressful than a divorce
  • 14% think that protecting company data is more stressful than losing their job
  • 86% say their job would be at risk if there were to be a security incident
  • 24% say that executives' data has been breached
  • 37% say that data has been lost by employees
  • 34% of employees who compromise data wouldn't tell their boss

What impresses me most about this particular survey is that they were able to find all these people who work in IT and have gone through a divorce and were willing to share that.  Just kidding; however, I am questioning how the questionnaire was drafted.  For example, the people who answered this question, did they actually go through a divorce?  Or was it one of those supposition questions, "if you had to compare it to a divorce, regardless of whether you have been divorced in the past, ....."

34% Wouldn't Tell Their Boss of a Breach

34% wouldn't tell their bosses if they compromised data (accidentally compromised it, that is; I imagine that 100% of those who do it on purpose would not tell their bosses).  This particular statistic is much more arresting that the ones on divorce and whatnot.

First, it leads to the further question, "does this mean that the problem will be rectified while keeping the boss in the dark?"  Or does it mean that the problem is allowed to fester, or what?

Second, it poses problems for companies trying to do the right thing.  If they don't know, how can they do something about it?  For example, how are they going to notify a bunch of people (or 10,000) about a data breach if they don't know about it?  Furthermore, it's not something that can be carried out while keeping the boss in the dark because he's bound to find out about it (especially when the firm gets sued).

The 37% figure for data lost by employees is not particularly surprising.  It just goes to show that solutions like encryption software are still pertinent.


Related Articles and Sites:
http://security.cbronline.com/news/data-breach-more-stressful-than-divorce-say-it-managers-241011

 
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Sang Lee is a Senior Account Manager and Security Analyst with AlertBoot, Inc., the leading provider of managed endpoint security services, based in Las Vegas, NV. Mr. Lee helps with the deployment and ongoing support of the AlertBoot disk encryption managed service. Prior to working at AlertBoot, Mr. Lee served in the South Korean Navy. He holds both a B.S. and an M.S. from Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, U.S.A.