White paper

2011 Global Encryption Trends Study

GRC, Security
Participating Company: 
Thales e-Security

Ponemon Institute is pleased to present the findings of the 2011 Global Encryption Trends Study, sponsored by Thales e-Security. We surveyed 4,140 business and IT managers in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Australia, Japan and Brazil. The purpose of this research is to examine how the use of encryption has evolved and its impact on the security posture of an organization. The first encryption trends study was conducted in the US in 2005. Since then we have expanded the scope of the research to include countries in various regions of the globe.


In our research we consider the threats organizations face and how encryption is being used to reduce these risks. For the first time we profile organizations according to their level of awareness about security issues and the actions taken to address these issues. Based on this profile, we are able to demonstrate the role encryption plays in helping an organization create a strong security posture.