Redwood City, Calif., June 8, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Informatica Corporation (Nasdaq:INFA), the world's number one
independent provider of data
integration software, today announced the availability of the
2015 State of Data Security Intelligence study, an
extensive global research report issued annually by the Ponemon
Institute LLC. Based on a global survey of nearly 1,700 IT and IT
security professionals, the study reveals how organizations are
using data security intelligence to assess and minimize risks to
their sensitive and confidential information on premise and in the
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Not knowing where sensitive or confidential data resides is
an increasing concern of IT practitioners worldwide, with the
inability to understand the extent of data risk endemic in most
organizations (80 percent).
Sensitive and confidential data is considered more at risk
in the cloud, yet only a third of survey respondents possess
an automated solution for discovering and monitoring their
sensitive cloud-based data.
Top data security solutions in place today include data
classification, monitoring and discovery tools, with
respondents believing that compliance and security can be improved
through intelligent solutions, such as automated user access
history with real-time monitoring (75 percent), policy workflow
automation (74 percent) and automated data discovery/risk
assessment (68 percent).
Informatica senior executives Amit Walia and Gary Patterson will
highlight the implications of the Ponemon findings at the
Gartner Security and Risk Management Summit, June 8-11, in
National Harbor, MD, along with how a data-centric security approach provides the
necessary next line of defense for today's cloud-, big data- and
mobility-enabled business environments:
Monday, June 8 - "Secure@Source," 5:45 PM, Theater
Tuesday, June 9 - "Data Security Intelligence in
Action," 4:15 PM, Maryland A
Key Survey Findings
Data Security Concerns are Escalating- As sensitive and confidential data proliferates
everywhere, IT professionals are increasingly losing sleep.
According to the Informatica-sponsored Ponemon survey, 64 percent
of respondents say that not knowing where sensitive data resides is
their biggest worry, up from 57 percent in Ponemon's 2014 survey.
Fifty-five percent say that they worry about temporary worker or
contractor mistakes, up from 50 percent in 2014. Additionally, 48
percent stress over third party's or outsourcer's management of
data (including cloud), up from 42 percent.
The Cloud is a Culprit, but Lags in Protection Investment
and Confidence - On average, 34 percent of an organization's
sensitive data in the cloud is considered at risk, compared to 24
percent of sensitive data kept on premise. Nonetheless,
organizations are investing less in protecting their cloud data
with automated solutions: 62 percent of respondents have an
automated solution for discovering sensitive data in databases and
applications and assessing risk on premise, compared to just 33
percent for their data in the cloud. It is no surprise then that 52
percent of organizations are confident in their ability to
safeguard on-premise data, versus 40 percent in regard to data in
Globally, most organizations are unprepared regarding data
breaches - Only 21 percent of respondents believe their
organization could detect a data breach all the time (down from 26
percent in 2014), and just 32 percent say their organization is
very good to excellent at detecting and containing breaches.
Meanwhile, more than half (55 percent) of respondents that have had
a breach in the past 12 months believe it could have been avoided
if certain processes and intelligent technologies had been in
Consensus on the Need for Data Security
According to the new Ponemon study, automated solutions for
discovering where sensitive data has proliferated and assessing the
risk are believed to increase data security effectiveness. The
study reveals that "73 percent of respondents believe such a
solution would improve an organization's security posture."
However, in an indication of the considerable room for growth in
the data security intelligence market, only 46 percent of
respondents possess an automated solution for their on-premise
data, and only 37 percent say they possess a similar solution for
While all respondents to the survey had data security and
privacy concerns, these concerns were colored considerably by their
industry. For example:
Public Sector and Communications
organizations were the least confident in their ability to detect a
breach compared to other industries. When asked whether their
organization would be able to detect a data breach, 38 percent of
public sector respondents answered "some of the time," while 20
percent of communications company respondents said "no."
Retail and Entertainment and Media were the
only industries to place employee data over business intelligence
data in terms of data most at risk. All industries placed customer
records as number one in terms of risk exposure.
Insurance (39 percent) and Consumer Products
(38 percent) companies weighed in with the highest percentages of
data considered sensitive or confidential.
Public Sector (58 percent) and Entertainment and
Media (51 percent) were the least confident in their ability
to proactively respond to a new threat to on premise data.
Retail (62 percent) and Services (61 percent)
organizations were the least confident when it came to proactively
responding to threats in the cloud.
Financial Services (60 percent) and
Healthcare (60 percent) organizations lose more sleep over
potential temporary worker or contractor mistakes than over not
knowing where sensitive data resides or sensitive data's risk.
Respondents' concerns also varied by geography:
Germany (36 percent) and North America (36
percent) identified with having the largest amount of data in the
cloud that is at risk, while the Netherlands (65 percent)
identified with having the largest amount of data in the cloud that
they are not able to determine its level of exposure to risk.
Australia ranked number one (83 percent) for having a
common process for tracking individuals who have access to
on-premise sensitive data, while the Netherlands ranked
number one (33 percent) for having this kind of process in the
North America (49 percent) and the
Netherlands (48 percent) were the least confident in their
ability to proactively respond to a new threat on premises, while
North America (62 percent) and Japan (59 percent)
were least confident when it came to such a threat in the
"As the gap between believing in data security intelligence
solutions and actually possessing them diminishes, so inevitably
will the risk of data breaches," said Dr. Larry Ponemon, chairman
and founder, Ponemon Institute. "Given the growing business and
societal costs of breaches, and the runaway proliferation of
sensitive data, organizations need to seriously consider adopting a
data-centric security stance without delay. To do otherwise may
soon be construed as negligence."
"Security professionals can no longer do without a solution
that provides visibility into where sensitive and confidential data
resides, coupled with visibility into its risk," said Amit Walia,
senior vice president and general manager, Data Integration and
Security, Informatica. "With Secure@Source, Informatica provides the
industry's only data security intelligence solution to deliver
insight into where sensitive data is proliferating while presenting
the data's risk profile so that designated protective action can be
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About Ponemon Institute
Institute is dedicated to advancing responsible
information and privacy management practices in business and
government. To achieve this objective, the Institute conducts
independent research, educates leaders from the private and public
sectors and verifies the privacy and data protection practices of
organizations in a variety of industries.
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