Conference Survey Finds Little Post-WikiLeaks Change
The massive WikiLeaks document dump prompted conversation but not much else, according to a survey taken by an attendee at a recent national conference by a major Internet security firm.
The survey taken by Ipswitch File Transfer at the RSA conference in San Francisco last month found that only 16% of the respondents implemented new policies and security tools as a result of WikiLeaks, while about 30% discussed WikiLeaks with their staff.
Ipswitch also said that its respondents showed that employees' use of remote devices and unsecured email to transfer confidential information is rising.
Ipswitch, a Massachusetts-based file transfer specialist, said it conducted the survey among conference attendees. It said 85% of the IT executives it surveyed said they use remote devices–including USB drives and smartphones–to back up and share work files, and that 77% said they use unsecured e-mail to send classified mails at least monthly.
The survey found 57% said they save work to external devices at least once a week, 11% more than said so last year. And nearly 55% of the companies responding said they provide, but do not enforce, policies and tools for moving sensitive information.
"Failing to enforce information-sharing policies is just as risky as failing to establish them," said Frank Kenney, Ipswitch vice president of global strategy and product management.