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Businesses Not Fully Appreciating Lessons from 2011 Data Breaches

Posted: 09 May 2012 06:53 AM PDT

A new study of UK businesses conducted by SafeNet, Inc. reveals a mixed picture of how effectively UK businesses are protecting critical data and applications. While data breaches perpetuated during 2011 clearly demonstrated the need for more comprehensive encryption of business and customer data, SafeNet's survey of over 170 IT managers with security responsibilities in UK businesses revealed that valuable and sensitive data held inside the perimeter walls of many systems are not necessarily being secured by effective and comprehensive encryption strategies. SafeNet believes its research provides unique insight into how encryption is currently being implemented within the information technology infrastructure of many UK businesses. When asked how they are currently using encryption, the leading answer of those IT managers polled was for protecting endpoints (82.2%), suggesting the threats from lost or stolen devices with unencrypted data are better understood. However, SafeNet's survey also found that the majority of respondents are not utilizing encryption technology beyond IT systems' endpoints to encrypt the actual data and information held inside the perimeter walls, suggesting that many IT managers may not fully appreciate the importance of protecting core data itself with encryption protocols. For example, only 43.7% of the UK businesses polled are [...]


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