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‘Expense in depth’ hinders data security: report

Despite heavy investments in a variety of data security tools as part of their data protection strategy, 93 percent of respondents to a new study report persistent technical challenges in protecting data.

‘The Data Security Money Pit: Expense In Depth Hinders Maturity,’ a January 2017 study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Varonis Systems, Inc., finds that organizations “focused on threats rather than their data and do not have a good handle on understanding and controlling sensitive data.”  The fragmented approach to data security exacerbates vulnerabilities and challenges, and 96 percent of respondents believe a unified approach would benefit them, including preventing and more quickly responding to attempted attacks, limiting exposure and reducing complexity and cost.

The study highlights specific areas where enterprise data security falls short:

  • 62 percent of respondents have no idea where their most sensitive unstructured data resides;
  • 66 percent don’t classify this data properly;
  • 59 percent don’t enforce a least privilege model for access to this data;
  • 63 percent don’t audit use of this data and alert on abuses.

In summarizing the findings, Forrester writes, “A [unified data security] platform can help to address concerns and challenges that have sprouted from trying to make use of many disparate tools, freeing up resources to allow for greater focus on ensuring that firms have the correct policies, procedures and remediation actions in place to meet business and data security strategy objectives.”

The study surveyed 150 data security professionals in the US and Canada. It is available for download as a PDF at www.varonis.com/forrester-2017



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