A recent survey by Proofpoint shows that 93 per cent of IT professionals polled at the Infosecurity show in London said they are either "very" or "somewhat" concerned about the potential of data leaks via email.
This feedback comes despite the fact that 64 per cent of those involved in the survey said that their companies had some kind of data protection regulations.
This survey also revealed that nearly half of all companies surveyed use some kind of encryption for emails as standard while a further 21 per cent have said that they plan to implement encryption in the near future.
Ken Yearwood, director NEMEA at Proofpoint said: "These findings support what Proofpoint has seen in its own dealings with e-mail security customers and prospects across Europe,
"Enterprises have a pressing need to adhere to regulations that require special handling of sensitive information in e-mails, and require automatic methods for ensuring compliance."
On a more positive note, this research has highlighted that 94 per cent of those polled who owned a corporate laptop said it was password protected, with 58 per cent using full disk encryption on the machine.
Yearwood concluded: "It is gratifying to see that passwords are now commonplace and that businesses are embracing security mechanisms such as full disk encryption to ensure that the company is not at risk in the event that a laptop is lost or stolen."
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