European Data Protection Digest

Survey: Many Companies Have Unreliable Data Protection

DATA PROTECTION—IRELAND

May 13, 2011

Results from an IT Force and Irish Computer Society poll show that a "high number" of companies use unreliable or outdated methods to back up sensitive data, reports the Irish Times. Querying 500 organisations, the poll notes that "despite the continued reliance on traditional methods...38 percent admitted to a significant data loss incident," and a "staggering" 27 percent of respondents did not know if their data was encrypted. The article adds that, earlier this year, Data Protection Commissioner Billy Hawkes said there has been a "very significant" increase in reported data breach incidents.
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