Those who had their details lost on the HMRC discs will notbe surprised to discover that data continues to disappear on its way betweenmultinationals and their various branch offices.
That is one of the main findings of the McAfee UnsecuredEconomies Report, which investigated customer attitudes to security and data,and revealed that a worrying number are vulnerable to potential breaches.
In monetary terms the average company had millions of worthof sensitive data residing abroad and on average companies lost $4.6m worth ofintellectual property last year.
Against the current economic backdrop there are fears thatthe data that goes missing will be used by cyber criminals rather than justharmlessly lost.
“Intellectual property and sensitive data has become apremium currency for finally desperate or laid-off employees,” said DaveDeWalt, CEO and president of McAfee.
Those the company surveyed across the globe were candidabout where the threats were coming from with countries including Russia, Chinaand Pakistanidentified as trouble spots.