SMEs recognising need to encrypt sensitive data

The need to keep data safe appears to be getting through to SMEs as they move to protect themselves in the face of a wave of hacks, breaches and against human error. With criminals targeting companies of all sizes the external threats are increasing but SMEs also continue to be victims of lost lapt

The need to keep data safe appears to be getting through to SMEs as they move to protect themselves in the face of a wave of hacks, breaches and against human error.

With criminals targeting companies of all sizes the external threats are increasing but SMEs also continue to be victims of lost laptops and mobile devices which allow unencrypted data to get into the wild.

A survey by DigitalPersona reveals that disk encryption has become a priority for SMEs with two thirds of those quizzed now placing it at the centre of their security plans as they look to curtail a potential problem.

The move towards encryption has been a slower one than many in the channel would have liked with many raising their concerns after the HMRC lost unencrypted discs containing millions of user records a couple of years ago.

But with data breaches in the headlines the message that something has to be done appears to have finally reached customers and influenced their buying decisions.

Benjamin Boulnois, EMEA Regional Manager at DigitalPersona, said there had been a steady stream of high profile hacks and leaks over the past few months.

"Businesses are seeing these attacks, as well as the major financial and reputational damage that they cause, and are realising the importance of protecting their own data wherever it resides,"

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