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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Data Security moves up the agenda & is now seen as important as cost savings within the public sect

The research, which was conducted using qualitative interview techniques with a range of public sector organisations across the UK shows that data security is now far higher on the agenda than in either of Becrypt’s previous two surveys.    The research showed that there has been a significant change in attitudes to data security in the public sector, with 92% of those questioned now having specific policies for dealing with sensitive data.

The survey also found that remote and home working has increased almost across the board, with 85% of organisations saying in had increased and 15% saying it had stayed the same.  92% of those quested stated that if affordable, and data security was assured, they would extend mobile working to more employees.  ...  Just over a third of organisations (38%) allow people to work from home using their own equipment via a secure connection, and 85% provide a council issued laptop for accessing the network.

Now nine out of ten councils are using VPN, port control and strong passwords, and just over eight out of ten are using encryption and other technologies such as thin client solutions like Citrix and terminal services.

The Insider Threat was by far the biggest concern for security officers with 54% of those questioned expressing concerns about controlling how people accessed and used data, and enforcing security policies, and 15% worried about maintaining security while costs were being cut.  Just under a third of organisations expect to reduce spending on security, with just under half expecting it to stay the same.  70% of those interviewed expect the overall IT budget to be reduced in the next year with only 15% saying it will stay unchanged.

Marc Hocking, Chief Technology Officer at Becrypt said, “As the Government continues to drive cost cutting measures in the coming years, Becrypt believes that we will see more and more public sector staff working from home and hot desking.

http://www.prlog.org/11447525-data-security-moves-up-the-agenda-is-now-seen-as-important-as-cost-savings-within-the-public-sect.html

Posted on 04/20
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