Results Show At Least 18-Percent Drop In Those “Extremely” or “Very”
Confident Their Corporate Data Is Protected From Loss or Theft When
Employees Work Outside the Office
OAKDALE, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 26, 2013--
Corp. (NYSE: IMN), a global scalable storage and data security
company, today revealed the results of a recent online survey of 500 IT
decision makers in the U.S., Canada, Germany and the U.K., conducted in
January, 2013 by Harris Interactive on behalf of Imation. According to
the survey, IT decision makers are significantly less confident in the
security of data accessed by employees on the road or at home, despite
the fact that mobile device security policies are widely in place and
Key findings in the survey include:
Confidence in corporate data security is high in the office,
significantly lower for teleworkers and road warriors —The survey
asks IT decision makers about their confidence that data is protected
from loss or theft while workers are in the office, at home and
traveling on the road. The percentage of respondents replying
“extremely confident” or “very confident” drops as a worker is more
“mobile.” For workers who are in the office, 73 percent of IT decision
makers across all geographies are either “extremely confident” or
“very confident” that data accessed by employees is protected from
loss or theft. For employees working at home, that number drops to 55
percent and further still to 47 percent for workers “on the road.”
decision makers in the United States are slightly more confident than
other countries in the security of their data when a worker is in the
office, with some 76 percent of U.S. respondents saying they are
“extremely confident” or “very confident.” But that number drops to 57
percent for employees working from home and 49 percent for employees
on the road.
IT decision makers expect more mobile workers despite data security
risk concerns—Compounding the confidence gap, the survey found
that across all countries surveyed, at least 20 percent of employees,
on average, worked remotely in 2012, and IT decision makers expect
that figure to increase to at least 25 percent in 2013. This is in
line with IDC’s
prediction that the world’s mobile worker population will reach 1.3
billion by 2015 – representing 37.2 percent of the total workforce.
Workforce mobility creates concerns despite widespread enforcement
of mobile device security policies —The vast majority (95 percent)
of those surveyed had a mobile device usage policy. Eighty-three
percent of IT decision makers surveyed in the U.S. say the policy
exists and is enforced, mirroring a similar number in the U.K. (80
percent). In Canada, 73 percent of those surveyed said the policy
existed and was enforced, while in Germany the number was 53 percent.
“The confidence gap among IT security pros—despite enforced security
policies on mobile devices—demonstrates the disconnect between the
policies themselves and user behavior. The fact is that the policies
can’t control what users do with the organization’s data,” said Lawrence
Reusing, Imation’s general manager for Mobile Security. “Imation’s IronKey™
solutions address the very different environments for employees
working outside the office, so that IT pros can be as confident in the
security of data accessed outside the office as they are in the security
of data accessed at workers’ desks. Solutions exist today to eliminate
the confidence gap by placing a secure and very mobile workspace in the
hands of all workers, with centralized management and controls.”
Additional Key Findings
The survey results are rich with insight regarding corporate policies on
smartphone and USB device usage, deprovisioning policies and IT decision
makers’ concerns regarding the consequences of data breaches. Among the
Most companies allow USB flash drives—Despite highly public
examples of security breaches caused by employee use of USB devices,
85 percent of companies across all geographies surveyed allow the use
of USB flash drives, with only 17 percent of IT decision makers in the
U.S. prohibiting them and slightly lower percentages across Canada (10
percent), Germany (13 percent) and U.K. (12 percent).
Most companies require only company approved mobile devices—The
majority of companies enforce their mobile device policy by allowing
employees to only use company approved devices. In the U.S., almost
six in ten said their company enforces the mobile device policy by
only allowing employees to use approved devices (59 percent), while 38
percent say their employees are only allowed to used devices supplied
by their company. Other results were similar (Canada 69 percent/30
percent; U.K. 65 percent/35 percent; Germany 56 percent/44 percent).
IT decision makers worry about exposing proprietary information to
the competition—When asked about the potential consequences of a
data breach, IT decision makers in the U.S. (39 percent) and U.K. (32
percent) said they are most concerned that lost or stolen corporate
data will potentially expose their company’s proprietary information
to a competitor.
Deprovisioning processes vary—When an employee leaves a
company, IT staff at U.S. (28 percent) and U.K. (24 percent) companies
are most likely to deprovision the devices themselves, while in Canada
(50 percent) and Germany (31 percent) IT staff are most likely to
configure firewalls or other internal systems to block device access.
More information regarding the survey is available on the Imation
IronKey website, including a graphical description of the data.
The survey was conducted online in the United States, Canada, Germany
and the U.K. by Harris Interactive on behalf of Imation from January 14
– 28, 2013 among 200 U.S., 100 Canadian, 100 German and 100 U.K. IT
decision makers, defined as adults aged 18 years or older who are
employed full or part time in an Information Technology (IT) department
of a company with revenues of $500 million or more (U.S. Dollars) and
are either the sole decision maker or have a major influence in
decisions regarding the IT for their company. This online survey is not
based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate or theoretical
sampling error can be calculated. For complete survey methodology,
including weighting variables, please contact email@example.com.
IronKey Mobile Security Solutions
Imation’s IronKey solutions meet the challenge of protecting today’s
mobile workforce, featuring secure USB solutions for data transport and
mobile workspaces. The IronKey line includes the world’s leading
hardware encrypted USB drives, PC on a Stick™ workspaces for Windows To
Go®, and cloud-based or on-premise centralized secure device management
solutions. IronKey is the mobile security portfolio of Imation Corp. For
more information please visit, www.ironkey.com.
Customers can purchase Imation IronKey drives from Imation Mobile
Security channel partners http://www.ironkey.com/en-US/how-to-buy/,
or from our eCommerce store at http://store.imation.com/security.
Imation is a global scalable storage and data security company. Our
portfolio includes tiered storage and security offerings for business,
and products designed to manage audio and video information in the home.
Imation reaches customers in more than 100 countries through a powerful
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Source: Imation Corp.
Ken Kadet, 651-704-3388
MSL for Imation
Nina Gill, 781-684-6232