Nearly half of companies failing to properly teach data security

Nearly half of companies failing to properly teach data security (iStock/LeoWolfert)

Despite data security being one of the most important ongoing issues in the digital world, a number of companies are still not taking it seriously enough to go ahead with the necessary preventative steps.

That is the startling main finding from a new study by Egnyte, which found that around 44 per cent of companies do not think it should be compulsory for staff to be trained around the topic of securing sensitive data and personal information.

Such attitudes come despite the fact many of these companies still have data protection processes in place.

Nevertheless, it has not stopped 22 per cent of  IT professionals sharing confidential information using unsecure file sharing platforms, including Google Drive, OneDrive or Dropbox.

Another ten per cent, meanwhile, said they had shared data with people outside their company.

The survey, which canvassed the opinions of 2,000 IT professionals , found that around 13 per cent had admitted to losing data at work while another five per cent said they had experienced a data breach.

Another 14 per cent admitted to opening unsecure links that had been sent to their work email while another 12 per cent used public Wi-Fi networks for working on confidential documents.

According to the company's research, professionals from Northern Ireland are the most relaxed about data security, followed by workers in London, Scotland and the East Midlands.

Given that companies are already willing to put data security measures in place, the research suggests there merely needs to be greater training and education put in place in order to ensure that data is truly secure.