Nearly a third (32 percent) of IT professionals have lost portable storage devices containing corporate or personal information, says iStorage.

Research by the portable storage and digital encryption firm revealed 57 percent also admit to carrying unencrypted data on USB sticks, portable hard drives or optical media, despite 98 percent acknowledging data loss to be a 'serious and growing' concern. Furthermore, 96 percent believe encrypted hard drives are preferable to unprotected drives for daily data use.

"The survey's results are disappointing and alarming at the same time because our respondents should be setting a better example," said John Michael, Managing Director of iStorage.

"Despite nearly all of the IT experts we questioned acknowledging data loss to be a serious and growing concern it seems many are not connecting that to their own data security procedures, with nearly a third admitting to losing a portable device containing confidential data. This is putting themselves and their organisations at risk."