11 Jun 2015
The Informatica and Ponemon Institute’s second annual survey on data centric security, “The State of Data Security Intelligence,” has been released. Given the growing number of high-profile breaches, the report’s findings won’t shock anyone. Instead, they will confirm what we all know. That said, the number of organizations who admitted that they have little to no data security protections in place is disturbing. The key points made in the report include the following:
- Organizations report a loss of confidence in their ability to govern their data, and less understanding on how to secure it and use it to generate actionable business intelligence.
- Organizations say it is a growing struggle to find ways to reduce data breach risk and improve their computing ecosystem’s resiliency against sustained, targeted attacks.
- Tracking data use and movement to comply with privacy and security laws is becoming increasingly unmanageable for many organizations.
- Executives are increasingly determined to adopt data-centric security strategies. Many agree that preventing network penetration is impossible, but protecting the data stored within the network ecosystem is an achievable goal.
- The majority of IT practitioners (62%) stated that their key worry is identifying the location of their most sensitive data.
- 77% indicated that automation of key processes, particularly assigning risk levels to data, would help them secure data more effectively.
- Organizations are more concerned about being able to secure data in the cloud than they are about their ability to secure data on-premises.
- Alarmingly, only 56% of reporting organizations said that they utilize data encryption. Only 35% use data masking technologies.