Is the UK letting Europe down in protecting its information?

According to research from Iron Mountain and PwC, mid-sized businesses in the UK are Europe’s “worst performers when it comes to managing information risk”.

“It’s a surprise that UK businesses fared so badly in this study, particularly when high-profile data breaches receive such widespread media attention in the UK, seriously damaging brand reputation,” said Christian Toon, head of information risk at Iron Mountain Europe.

Hungary came out on top with the highest overall index score against other European countries, indicating that its protection of information security is the highest in this study.

Toon concluded that although many “British businesses have a data protection and information risk strategy in place, most fail to monitor its success”. This is counteracted with Hungary’s high level of ISO certifications where businesses are more likely to have training programmes, clear guidance and employee comminucation programmes in place.  

The study surveyed senior managers at 600 mid-sized companies across UK, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Spain to compile Europe’s first Information Risk Maturity Index.

Source: Net Security

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