Employees Don’t Follow Data Storage Policies

It's not uncommon for companies to implement data storage policies; however, research shows a majority of employees resort to measures that are not in compliance with the set guidelines.

The survey – conducted by Kroll Ontrack, a provider of data recovery solutions and legal technologies products and services – revealed that while 40 percent of respondents belong to organizations that have concrete data storage policies in place, a whopping 61 percent of them admitted to mostly saving data to a local drive as opposed to the company network.

"We [wanted] to find out exactly how companies and where companies store their data – and the thing to do now is to implement policies and procedures to protect the company's intellectual property and also protect them from losing or misplacing customers' data," said Jeff Pederson, manager of data recovery operations at Kroll Ontrack.

"Part of this is separating what we consider traditional data loss – meaning a hard drive or piece of media has failed and it needs to be recovered – with what a broader market deems as data loss – meaning personal information has been compromised or data has been stolen from a laptop, [for instance]," he added.

Common data storage policies that organizations have in place run the gamut, depending on factors such as the size of the business, as well as the IT team and what it plans to implement.

"The large organizations [will] have policies and procedures put in across the board that can and do…


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