The Ponemon Institute, in conjunction with support from Symantec Corporation, is pleased to report the results of the fifth annual study concerning encryption trends for U.S.-based companies. This year’s report, entitled 2010 Annual Study: U.S. Enterprise Encryption Trends, found that for the first time, regulatory compliance has surpassed data breach mitigation as the main driver behind implementation of encryption technologies. This study tracks the use of encryption in U.S. organizations and the perceptions IT practitioners have about the value of encryption in safeguarding sensitive and confidential information. It focuses on identifying trends in encryption use, planning strategies, budgeting, and deployment methodologies in enterprise IT. This year’s survey draws on the experience and insight of 964 U.S.-based IT and business managers, analysts, and executives from 15 industry sectors. Thirty-eight percent of respondents were at the director level or higher.