Corporate Email, File Sharing Pose Problems for Businesses
The report indicated a large percentage in IT management are taking compliance risks and turning off essential capabilities due to tech issues.There is a far-reaching communications disconnect between IT management and non-IT employees on security and compliance policies when it comes to corporate email and file transfer habits, according to a survey of more than 400 IT decision makers by email encryption provider DataMotion. The report also indicated a disturbing percentage in IT management are knowingly taking compliance risks and even turning off essential capabilities due to technology issues. While IT and non-IT respondents overwhelmingly said their companies have a formal process for updating and communicating security and compliance policies for transferring files electronically, a larger percentage of non-IT personnel (75.5 percent) versus IT management (61.9 percent) believe employees and coworkers fully understand these policies. Although 94.2 percent of IT management said mobile devices for corporate email are allowed, only 62 percent of non-IT personnel agreed – yet most still use these. Among organizations with email encryption capabilities, 44.4 percent still lack the ability to send and receive encrypted email from their mobile email client.
"It’s good to see improvements in security and compliance since last year, but serious problems remain and new ones have cropped up," Bob Janacek, DataMotion’s chief technology officer, said in a statement. "There’s always a demand for new tools such as email on mobile devices – companies and workers look for better ways to get the job done. The challenge is to provide encryption and filtering tools that are easy for people to use, and dependable so they don’t get disabled."