The numerous messages to users about increasing theprotection around sensitive data appear to have fallen on deaf ears.
According to the Check Point annual UK data security survey the numbersof companies confessing ignorance about encryption are worryingly high.
Over the past 14 months there has been just a 1% increase inthe number of companies deploying encryption.
This comes despite the continued high profile cases ofgovernment departments losing laptops, memory sticks and discs containingsensitive personal information.
“Evidentlythe lessons of the last year and a half – that a data loss or breach can happento any organisation, whether private or public – have not been learned,” said NickLowe, Check Point’s regional director for Northern Europe.
“It’samazing that there has been no significant growth in the use of dataencryption, when it is the one security technology that can stop any type of dataleak,” he added.
Ofthose companies surveyed by the vendor 38% said they did not have anyencryption and 13% didn’t appear to have a clue admitting they didn’t know.
“Eventhough these incidents have been front-page news, over half the companiessurveyed are still running the risk of innocent data loss, or malicious theft,”added Lowe.