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Americans feel strongly about data breaches and their perceptions can negatively impact organizations.

The 2019 Shred-it Data Protection Report (DPR) found that Americans treat data breaches as a serious issue - whether it impacts them directly or indirectly. Given that employees are willing to leave their job in the event of a breach, organizations must rise up to the challenge to make them feel secure, or suffer the consequences.

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Organizations must upgrade and communicate their security efforts or suffer the consequences.


of Americans would lose trust in an organization that suffered a breach


of Americans would seek compensation with an organization that suffered a breach


of Americans would stop doing business with an organization that suffered a breach


of Americans would tell others about organizations that suffered a breach

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.


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

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C-Suites & SBOs

Find out how leaders of both small and large businesses feel about information security practices in their business.

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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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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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