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Data Protection Report

C-Suites and Small Business Owners (SBOs)

Although C-Suites and SBOs recognize data security risks, they underestimate the consequences those risks entail

Shred-it’s 2019 Data Protection Report found that 43% of C-Suite executives (C-Suites) and 8% of small business owners (SBOs) admitted their organization had suffered a data breach. Of those organizations that have suffered a data breach, C-Suites and SBOs cite human error or accidental loss as a main cause for the breach - whether by an external source or by an employee/insider.

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Learn more about how C-Suites and SBOs can protect their organizations from information security threats.

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Lack of employee training is a leading cause of insider threats. While most US businesses regularly train their staff…

10%

of C-Suites train their staff on information security policies only once during their employment

5%

of C-Suites train their staff on information security policies on an ad-hoc basis

9%

of SBOs train their staff on information security policies only once during their employment

18%

of SBOs train their staff on information security policies on an ad-hoc basis

Read our Executive Summary for a sneak peek of the Shred-it Data Protection Report.

This year, Shred-it studied several groups to best understand the information security perceptions and behaviors across a broad spectrum of audiences.

Consumers

Discover how the general public reacts to corporate data breaches and how it impacts their daily lives.

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Employees/ Employers

Learn more about the differences between employees and employers when it comes to data protection.

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Industries

Read more about the nuances between different industries when it comes to their information security practices.

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About the Data Protection Study & Report
In its 9th year, this survey identifies the insights, opinions and best practices of data protection among Small Business Owners (SBOs), C-Suite Executives (C-Suites) and members of the public at large from across the country to help Americans better navigate this changing privacy landscape. The goal is to uncover – and quantify – both the risks and opportunities American businesses and consumers face, including the upsides and downsides of mishandling data and/or being breached. While the previous reports were branded as the Shred-it State of the Industry Report, this year it has been renamed to the Shred-it Data Protection Report – a name that more closely reflects the focus of the report and the value of the intelligence it provides.

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