Shred-it’s 2020 Data Protection Report: 10 years of Information Security

External Threats and Physical Data Loss Threaten U.S. Business, But Limited Emphasis on Employee Training and Policies May Lead to Data Breaches

Shred-it’s 10th anniversary report reveals that external threats and physical property loss are the biggest information security threats to businesses, yet emphasis on employee training and policies have declined in 2020.

Amidst the recent COVID-19 pandemic, businesses both large and small are experiencing challenging times. With closed doors or limited service, and transitions to remote work environments, data security measures are more important than ever.

Shred-it also conducted a one-question survey to better understand the impact of COVID-19 on information security.

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Learn more about how American businesses can protect their organization from information security threats.

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Information Security Findings from Several Groups

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


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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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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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 10th 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.

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