Companies are still not doing enough to secure access to sensitive information between offices and mobile workers, according to data centre specialist PSINet.
In a survey of over 1,000 IT directors in the UK, Germany and France, a third of UK respondents admitted that they had no special measures to provide secure access to email, files and records between offices or workers on the move. This compared with only a quarter of their German and French counterparts.
"It is alarming to think that intruders have easy access to company and private information including customer data, email and financial records," said Angela Mathis, vice president of channel sales and marketing at PSINet Europe.
She added that the findings were even more surprising given that three quarters of respondents believed that most major security attacks would be from outside the company.
On a more positive note, 63 per cent of UK IT directors claimed that they intend to expand data protection measures in 2002.
"Much of the security threat could be reduced with the implementation of a virtual private network solution, which is fast becoming a necessary investment to conduct business in a secure manner," said Mathis.
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