CeBIT Australia 2013 Survey Results

10th June 2013

A CeBIT survey conducted by SecureDrive in Sydney reveals over two-thirds fail to encrypt data held on portable storage devices while all surveyed delegates believe data loss to be a serious and growing concern.

Over two-thirds (67%) of Business IT professionals surveyed at CeBIT Australia 2013 between 28th and 30th May 2013 have admitted to not encrypting data stored on portable storage devices such as USB flash drives and portable disk drives. The research also revealed that all respondents believe data loss to be a serious and growing concern. The latest study, conducted by SecureDrive Australasia, a supplier of leading secure portable storage and digital encryption, suggests Business IT professionals continue to put data at risk.

Over half (55%) of Business IT professionals surveyed in the poll have admitted losing portable storage devices containing personal or corporate information. This result highlights an alarming percentage of Business IT professionals putting portable data at risk. SecureDrive conducted the survey with 117 attendees during the CeBIT event in Sydney, Australia.

Key statistics:

55% of respondents admitted losing portable storage devices containing corporate or personal data
67% of respondents said they do not encrypt data stored on portable storage devices
100% of respondents believed data loss to be a "serious and/or growing" problem
98% of respondents felt encrypted storage devices are more preferable to unencrypted storage devices in daily use

Fred Saliba, Director at SecureDrive Australasia, said, "it is alarming, but not surprising, that there is a constant annual increase in the percentage of Business IT professionals failing to protect corporate information on portable storage devices. Comparing these to previous statistics gathered by iStorage UK, many Business IT professionals continue to struggle reconciling broad security issues with corporate data protection procedures. This is particularly frustrating considering the ease with which the problem can be alleviated"