13th March 2013

iStorage survey reveals nearly 40 percent of respondents at leading education technology conference BETT have lost portable storage devices.

Research conducted at the recent BETT 2013 education technology conference has revealed nearly two in every five (38%) respondents have lost a portable storage device. The survey was conducted by iStorage, a leading specialist in portable storage and digital encryption, amongst higher education technology professionals, ICT coordinators, headteachers and other school leaders.

Approximately 190 attendees took part in the survey at the conference, which revealed 70% of respondents did not encrypt the data contained on portable devices. Respondents also confirmed that while most do not encrypt portable data, 98% believed data loss to be a serious or growing concern. 95% of respondents also felt the use of an encrypted portable device would be preferable to an unprotected portable drive for daily use.

“While it is perhaps to be expected that non-IT professionals are less aware of the data security risks posed by using unencrypted storage, it remains alarming that so many respondents admitted to losing portable data storage devices, especially when they may contain information relating to the individual’s work,” explained John Michael, CEO of iStorage. “The results underline the importance of educating individuals and institutions of the need to entrust data on the move to encrypted storage devices.”

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  • Military grade protection – FIPS 140-2 Level 3 certified protection
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  • Auto-lock – datAshur will auto lock on loss of power or ejection to prevent access

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About iStorage

iStorage provides high performance and ultra secure portable data storage and security products to users who need to protect their data held on PCs, Macs and portable devices. The founders of iStorage are pioneers in their field and hold several patents, both granted and pending, on a range of related data storage and security products. With a strong belief in careful product selection and unrivalled customer service, iStorage continues to deliver market leading innovations in portable data storage and digital encryption technology. Further information can be found on or by contacting / +44 (0)20 8537 3435.