Personal Information Is Top Target of Cyber-Attacks: CDW
The report suggests inadequate security policies contribute to security challenges, particularly for personal devices.Customer, student, employee and patient information is most at risk for cyber-attacks today, and defending that data is a top concern for IT professionals this year, according to the Data Loss Straw Poll, a national survey published by CDW, a provider of technology solutions to business, government, education and health care. Concern about data loss is well-founded: One in four organizations has experienced a data loss in the last two years. Many organizations report breaches jeopardizing their network, email or other sensitive information, CDW found in its poll, which examines data security concerns across industries, including medium and large businesses, financial services and health care organizations and higher education institutions. One IT professional at a financial services company noted: Security is harder every day due to the ease with which personal information is gained.
This data loss comes at a cost: A Ponemon Institute study published in March found that organizations suffering a data loss in 2011 paid an average of $5.5 million per breach, which translates into an average of $194 per record lost. The damage resulting from data lossto the bottom line and to an organizations reputationis very real, said Christine Holloway, vice president of converged infrastructure solutions at CDW. Perhaps it should come as no surprise that IT professionals view data loss as the greatest business risk to organizations this year. As telework and access to mobile computing grows, preventing data loss is increasingly importantand increasingly complex.