Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Organisations Not Doing Enough to Secure Data

A new survey shows that organisations are not doing enough to prevent IT data breaches and the loss of "sensitive" data.

The survey is based on interviews with 359 executives responsible for security, compliance, risk management and legal issues at large organisations in North America.

Facts highlighted:

  • A total of 94 percent of respondents reported having no visibility into how many e-mail messages containing confidential or private information were leaving their organization each month or believed that some leaks were occurring.
  • Only 6 percent reported no information leaks.
  • A total of 80 percent of participants reported having information leaks -- through e-mail or other electronic channels such as Blackberrys or HTTP links -- or admitted to no visibility to leaks that occurred within their organization last year.
  • About 17 percent were afraid to know how many leaks they had.

It is not just small companies who are laggards with security measures. The world's biggest employer, the U.S. government, has performed poorly in this area of content security.

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