Confidence in Data Security Drops as Workers Head out of the Office, Say IT Decision Makers in Imation Survey

  Confidence in Data Security Drops as Workers Head out of the Office, Say IT
  Decision Makers in Imation Survey

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

Business Wire

OAKDALE, Minn. -- February 26, 2013

Imation 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 enforced.

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.”

    IT 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

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
additional findings:

  *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
  *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.

Survey Methodology

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

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,

Customers can purchase Imation IronKey drives from Imation Mobile Security
channel partners, or from our
eCommerce store at

About Imation

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 global distribution
network and well recognized brands. For more information please visit,

Imation, the Imation logo, IronKey, the IronKey logo, PC on a Stick are
trademarks of Imation Corp. and its subsidiaries. All other trademarks are
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