Businesses Don’t Care about PRISM, Finds New Survey

Date: 03/19/2014

Intralinks-commissioned survey reveals the majority of companies are not at all concerned about the impact of PRISM and EU data protection laws on their businesses

A new survey of almost 400 global enterprise IT and business leaders has found that just 18 percent of organisations are concerned with PRISM and as little as 15 percent are worried about weak data protection laws in the EU.

Yet, the same survey, commissioned by content management and collaborations solutions provider Intralinks, found that a huge 90 percent of companies are primarily concerned about the accidental mishandling of data. Not only that, over half of these organizations are blocking employee access to online file sharing services like Dropbox in an attempt to protect their corporate IP.

These results shed an interesting light on the future of data privacy, and it’s clear that the PRISM scandal has not resonated with businesses at all. Instead, there needs to be more emphasis on creating stringent IT policies – policies which are designed to mitigate the risks presented by data sharing outside of the corporate firewall.

Richard Anstey, CTO EMEA, Intralinks says “It needs to be noted that blocking consumer-grade applications will not suffice when trying to prevent the accidental mishandling of data - employees can still access them through mobile devices. Businesses need the appropriate technology behind them to help enforce IT policy.”
If you are interested in speaking with Richard Anstey about the survey results, as well as about the future of data privacy in Europe, please let me know and I’d be happy to arrange this.


The above mentioned findings result from an Intralinks sponsored survey investigating compliance and data privacy security issues affecting IT decision makers. More than 400 senior business and IT leaders were surveyed from November 2013 to January 2014 and asked to identify the major data privacy and security concerns at their organizations. The survey focused on enterprise level companies, with survey respondents representing a range of sectors including manufacturing, financial services, retail, healthcare, transportation, education and insurance.

About Intralinks

​Intralinks Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: IL) is a leading, global technology provider of inter-enterprise content management and collaboration solutions. Through innovative Software-as-a-Service solutions, Intralinks solutions are designed to enable the secure and compliant exchange, control, and management of information between organizations when working through the firewall. More than 2.7 million professionals at 99% of the Fortune 1000 companies have depended on Intralinks' experience. With a track record of enabling high-stakes transactions and business collaborations valued at more than $23.5 trillion, Intralinks is a trusted provider of easy-to-use, enterprise strength, cloud-based collaboration solutions. For more information, visit