IT Execs Doubt Their Companies' Data Security

Hilary Tuttle


December 2, 2014

data security

A survey by information security company SafeNet and research firm Vanson Bourne found that 25% of security and IT executives worldwide would not trust their own company to store and manage their personal data if they were a customer.

Further, while 74% of IT decision-makers believe perimeter security is effective at keeping out threats, 41% believe unauthorized users are able to access their networks.

If these external actors do gain system access, the majority of security experts are not confident that sensitive data would remain secure.

“The research findings reveal some interesting contradictions between the perception and the reality of data security,” said Tsion Gonen, chief strategy officer at SafeNet. “From the sheer volume of data breaches alone, it’s clear that if a cybercriminal wants to hack the system or steal data, they will find a way to do so. So companies need to focus on what matters most—protecting the data.”

Hilary Tuttle is managing editor of Risk Management.