The survey is based on interviews with 359 executives responsible for security, compliance, risk management and legal issues at large organisations in North America.
- A total of 94 percent of respondents reported having no visibility into how many e-mail messages containing confidential or private information were leaving their organization each month or believed that some leaks were occurring.
- Only 6 percent reported no information leaks.
- A total of 80 percent of participants reported having information leaks -- through e-mail or other electronic channels such as Blackberrys or HTTP links -- or admitted to no visibility to leaks that occurred within their organization last year.
- About 17 percent were afraid to know how many leaks they had.
It is not just small companies who are laggards with security measures. The world's biggest employer, the U.S. government, has performed poorly in this area of content security.