rising trend in data loss among it pros

27th June 2012

Over one-third of IT professionals admit losing portable devices that hold corporate & personal data up from less than one-quarter in 2010 according to new survey

Over one-third (34%) of IT professionals surveyed in a new poll during Infosecurity Europe 2012 have admitted losing portable storage devices containing personal or corporate information. This result highlights a rising trend in the percentage of IT professionals putting portable data at risk, compared with similar surveys conducted by iStorage over the past two years. Approximately 23% and 29% of respondents admitted to losing portable storage devices in 2010 and 2011 respectively.

iStorage, a leading specialist in portable storage and digital encryption, conducted the 2012 survey with 188 attendees during the April event in London. Data captured by the survey revealed less than half (46%) of respondents encrypted data stored on portable devices, putting corporate and personal information at risk. The survey also revealed for the second consecutive year, 98% of Infosecurity Europe 2012 respondents believed data loss to be a ‘serious and/or growing’ problem for corporations.

Key statistics:

  • 34% of respondents admitted losing portable storage devices containing corporate or personal data, up from 23% and 29% in 2010 and 2011 respectively
  • 46% of respondents said they do not encrypt data stored on portable storage devices
  • 98% of respondents believed data loss to be a “serious and/or growing” problem
  • 96% of respondents felt encrypted storage devices are more preferable to unencrypted storage devices in daily use

John Michael, Managing Director at iStorage, said, “Once again it is alarming and disappointing to see an annual increase in the percentage of IT professionals – those who should be beyond reproach on the subject of data security – failing to protect corporate information on portable storage devices. Comparing these 2012 statistics with data gathered by iStorage at previous Infosecurity Europe events show many continue to struggle reconciling broad security issues with corporate data protection procedures.”

Portable data protection with PIN code access and military grade hardware encryption iStorage recently launched diskAshur®, the next-generation hardware encrypted USB 3.0 2.5″ disk drive with alphanumerical PIN code access. The device combines a broad range of digital and physical data protection measures, coupled with SuperSpeed USB 3.0 connectivity and capacities of up to one terabyte (1TB) to provide businesses with a robust and compact solution to data security. diskAshur is available in capacities of between 250GB and 1TB and either 128-bit or 256-bit AES-XTS hardware encryption.

diskAshur is the latest addition to the growing family of ultra-secure and easy-to-use hardware encrypted portable devices from iStorage, following the launch of the diskAshur DT 3.5″ portable hard drive with up to 3TB capacity and the datAshur USB flash drive. For further information on iStorage’s range of data storage solutions visit www.istorage-uk.com or call +44 (0)20 8537 3435.

Notes to the editor:
diskAshur from iStorage is available in six different capacities with either 128-bit or 256-bit hardware encryption at the following prices:

USB 3.0 with 128-bit encryption USB 3.0 with 256-bit encryption
250GB £119.00* £139.00*
320GB £129.00* £149.00*
500GB £139.00* £159.00*
640GB £159.00* £179.00*
750GB £179.00* £199.00*
1TB £199.00* £219.00*

*Price excludes VAT.

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The new diskAshur® from iStorage, a 2.5″ portable USB 3.0 hard drive with military grade hardware encryption and an alphanumeric PIN code access.

About iStorage

iStorage provides high performance and ultra secure portable data storage and security products to users who need to protect their data held on PCs, Macs and portable devices. The founders of iStorage are pioneers in their field and hold several patents, both granted and pending, on a range of related data storage and security products. With a strong belief in careful product selection and unrivalled customer service, iStorage continues to deliver market leading innovations in portable data storage and digital encryption technology. Further information can be found on www.istorage-uk.com or by contacting info@istorage-uk.com / +44 (0)20 8832 1253.

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