Why 2014 is the Year of Encryption [Infographic]

Edward Snowden's NSA leaks have made information security a very important issue for both businesses and consumers.

Since Edward Snowden leaked NSA files two years ago, information security has become a very important issue for both businesses and consumers. Cloud encryption software provider Egress Software Technologies, surveyed attendees at the largest information security event in Europe about “The Snowden Effect,” and the results were telling.

One of the survey findings was particularly worrisome. Of those surveyed who indicated that they were not interested in security systems, 100 percent admitted to regularly sharing sensitive or confidential data with third parties. But it’s not all bad news.

According to Egress CEO Tony Pepper, the Snowden Effect is great for the industry. “We actually see the influence of Snowden as a major positive for the information security market” Pepper said, “Not only has it forced users to question the underlying security of their data but it is encouraging them to apply greater due diligence when procuring new solutions.”

Other key findings include:

  • 60 percent of participants said that the leaks had made them more aware of data security issues

  • Approximately 70 percent of that group had been directly influenced, by the leaks, into looking at new data security systems

  • 94 percent of people looking to invest in new systems are looking at secure electronic data exchange solutions

Check out the the infographic below for more statistics on how users perceive the security of the cloud, and what matters most when selecting a new security program.

Market survey 2014: The Year of Encryption