Favoured Executives Remain the Top Data Hazard


Favoured Executives Remain the Top Data Hazard

A recent survey conducted by Ponemon Institute revealed that over 70% of reviewed companies are not convinced in their ability to handle and command staff access to classified digital records and information. This perceived diffidence could be because of the growth of recurrent data thefts that arise from increased advantages for insiders.

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Corporate boards of organisations should be concerned of how certain staff or management may not have any idea where mission-crucial data might be situated on the corporate system, of who has the right of entry to certain documents and what they would be achieving with that data.

The first step would be to install and execute efficient DRM Solutions. In addition to technology, companies that have deployed DRM solutions must be constantly on their guard in employing and implementing security policies and being aware of the location of the most valuable data of the organisation.

According to the survey, over 600 US IT security practitioners are well aware of their company’s approach to safeguarding information, digital records and files against cyber-attacksassurveyed by the Ponemon Institute. Every organisation that was surveyed disclosed that some form of document security tool was being employed in the company. The report also reveals that privileged insiders were considered to be the greatest threat to the organisation. The main cause of information thefts experienced by organisations was due to irresponsible employee (55%), followed by misplaced or intentionally stolen smart devices (36%). More than half the respondents revealed that the company is highly competent in avoiding data theft by external hackers, yet less than half of the surveyed organisations were confident about the ability to avoid information theft by careless employees.

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More than 70% of the surveyed respondents revealed that their organisation had lost some form of classified data over the past one year. Certain departments are considered to be riskier than the others. For instance sales departments presented the largest risk to data assets, both organised (65%) and unorganised information (55%). The most important issue in every organisation seemed to be about setting guidelines and enforcing them on the employees. More than 80% of the organisations revealed that they warred with deciding the exact level of confidentiality documents and files that an organisation should own.

Determination is grounded on information category, rules or information pattern, but only 12% regard access as the determining factor, whereas only 15% have a CMS implemented in their organisation. Despite the possibility that the organization would have accurately described confidentiality, only 14% of respondents revealed on how confident they are in restricting access.

Across the world, there is a belief that information thefts are caused by malicious hackers external to an organisation, but unfortunately it has been seen that data breaches take place due to the result of reckless behaviour by staff members who do not pay heed on the impact of disseminating data.

The survey conclusion intends to work as a wake-up call for all companies who are committed to safeguard high-value data. Increased document security hygiene, including employee education and dire outcomes for risky behaviour, must be explained to all employees in the organisation, even those who have privileged access to data.

Author Bio: The article was submitted by Locklizard, a DRM company. They provide enterprise document security products.