Bank of New York Mellon was the biggest offender this year in the “failure to encrypt” category, but they’re clearly not the only institution on the fence about whether to encrypt, and what deserves this level of secrecy. A recent survey by Trust Catalyst, sponsored by encryption vendor trust catalyst, found that the Web Servers are the most commonly encrypted IT asset, with 86 percent of responding organizations saying they lock these up.

Next up was desktop file encryption, at 62 percent; FTP encryption at 52 percent; and file encryption at the server level, 50 percent. In the category of emerging encryption trends, 47 percent of those surveyed employed full-disk encryption; 45 percent encrypt email at the gateway; 43 percent encrypt databases; and only 40 percent encrypt backup tapes. Surprisingly—because it’s so cheap and the devices are so apt to be left around—only 40 percent use encrypted USB devices.

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