Employees don't understand the value of business data

Date: 2015-08-20

A recent survey, commissioned by Fujitsu, has found that employees do not understand the value of business data and rate the security of their own personal data as more important.

From the 1000 UK employees questioned by One Poll, just 7% said that they considered business data to be more important than their own personal data and 43 percent somewhat or completely agreed they have “no idea of the value of business data”.

When questioned about business data security, only 13% of respondents knew what measures were in place at their organisation, with almost a quarter (23%) feeling like more could be done. Just 11% felt that work emails were more secure than personal emails, indicating further lack of confidence in business data security.

In response to the survey results, Fujitsu recommended educating employees about protecting their own data and addressing concerns surrounding business security. 

“Organisations have a challenge on their hands,” said Andy Herrington, head of cyber professional services at Fujitsu. “While there is no quick fix in changing these perceptions, the process needs to start with the people. Educating employees about the value of and how to protect personal data is a great starting point and businesses will see this data-safeguarding attitude trickle through the business, helping employees become part of the threat defence.”