By Kelly Jackson Higgins
Aug 10, 2009
Half of all organizations say tighter budgets have hurt their ability to
protect the leakage of sensitive or confidential information during the
past year, according to a new report.
The increasing number of layoffs overall, and of IT staff, specifically,
are taking their toll on security, Proofpoint's "Outbound Email and Data
Loss Prevention in Today's Enterprise" survey found. More than one-third
(34 percent) of U.S. companies in the survey said they had suffered from
the leakage of sensitive or embarrassing data in the past 12 months.
Forty-three percent said they had investigated a suspected leak of
sensitive data via email, and 34 percent had investigated a violation of
data protection regulations or privacy in the past year.
More than one-third said customer data was exposed or stolen, and 28
percent said they had been hit by exposure or theft of their
intellectual property during the past year.
"I was kind of surprised how many data breaches via email had been
investigated. When that number is over 40 percent, that's really high.
It is still the biggest risk area," says Keith Crosley, director of
market development for Proofpoint. The report is based on data gathered
from 220 email decision-makers at U.S. companies with more than 1,000
Interestingly, even with their dwindling man power, many organizations
are cracking down more on data leakage violations than ever before.
"Discipline and termination were pretty high this year," Crosley says.
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