By John E. Dunn
29 January 2009
The tendency of firms to distribute sensitive data to offices around the
globe could be creating a new form of information vulnerability, a
report has suggested.
Researched for sponsor McAfee, the 'Unsecured Economies: Protecting
Vital Information' survey points to a range of security issues - some of
them tied to the worsening economy - but the issue of how and where data
such as customer information is distributed in enterprises is connected
to longer-running themes such as worker outsourcing and globalisation.
The 1,000 CIO-level professionals surveyed for the report in the US, UK,
Japan, China, India, Brazil and the Middle East, reported an average of
$12 million (8.3 million) of sensitive data resided abroad per firm, in
addition to $17 million of intellectual property (IP).
How far this data dissemination trend had gone depended on country, with
Japan showing the lowest at $8.2 million, with the UK the most exposed
with $15.2 million. As to IP specifically, China was the most at risk,
with $61 million in foreign hands.
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