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Press Release

11 October 2007

BeCrypt Survey highlights challenges for councils with increased mobile working and the need or data security at SOCITM

BeCrypt, a provider of data security, remote working and disaster recovery solutions, has released findings from its recent Public Sector Data Security Survey, (October 2007). The survey, conducted amongst Councils, London Boroughs and Police Authorities, investigated how public sector organisations are approaching the requirement for mobile working and the issues around this for data security. According to findings in the research, only 8% of those local authorities interviewed have full disaster recovery plans. In addition 90% of participants also claimed that they do not have special procedures for protecting sensitive data.

The survey ¹ was conducted by BeCrypt during August and September 2007. Questions in the survey asked what disaster recovery plans councils had in place in the event that employees may not able to get to work and how important mobile working is to the organisation and data security for mobile devices. It also included questions on data leakage and the usage of USB devices.

Richard Brooks Director of Sales EMEA of BeCrypt commented; “The survey provided an extremely useful piece of quantifiable research to assess how public sector organisations are approaching the increasing requirement for mobile working and the challenges that surround it.

“The use of laptops, USB devices and other removable media are posing an increasing risk to data security. The survey highlights that 30% of councils have no policy regarding the use of USB devices and the inadvertent or malicious threat of data leakage. It is evident that such organisations not only require a security policy, but also encryption solutions that enable it to be implemented.”

BeCrypt provides a range of disk encryption, media encryption and data protection products that can be configured to the individual needs of clients. BeCrypt data security products, developed in consultation with government and corporate organizations, secure the data on desktops, laptops, PDAs, USB thumb drives and other removable media. They are designed to meet stringent security standards for both the government and commercial marketplace.

Copies of a white paper discussing the BeCrypt Public Sector Data Security Survey results are available direct from BeCrypt on request, or can be collected from Stand 30 at the SOCITM annual conference and Exhibition, Belfast, 14 – 16 October.

.¹BeCrypt Public Sector Data Security Survey, October 2007.

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NOTES TO EDITORS:

About BeCrypt

BeCrypt Limited was formed in 2001 to meet the growing demand for high-level computer encryption products in the international government and corporate marketplace. BeCrypt products protect customers in key UK government areas including: MOD, central and local government, the defence sector, law enforcement NHS and the education sectors.

The company now also provides a range of flexible security products tailored to meet the requirements of the commercial sector. BeCrypt has customers in financial services, pharmaceutical, insurance and banking sectors.

BeCrypt’s Disk Protect Standard (CSIA approved), DISK Protect Baseline, DISK Protect Enhanced, Connect Protect, PDA Protect and Trusted Client solutions have been designed to meet stringent government security standards and have been approved by the UK Government.

BeCrypt has won an award from the Department of Trade and Industry for innovative technology and has patents pending on a number of unique security technologies.

For more information please visit: www.becrypt.com or call:

Editors contacts:

Richard Brooks
Director of Sales EMEA
BeCrypt Limited
Tel: +44 (0) 845 838 2050
Email: rbrooks@becrypt.com

Andreina West/Mary Phillips

PR Artistry Limited
Tel: +44 (0) 1491 639500
Fax: +44 (0) 1491 638866
Email: andreina@pra-ltd.co.uk






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