Data Loss Concerns Stem From Access to Unauthorized Apps
A Seclore survey, conducted by Enterprise Strategy Group, found 98 percent of respondents cited the loss or theft of sensitive data as a significant concern.Unauthorized cloud and enterprise file synchronization and sharing (EFSS) applications are a major concern for businesses when it comes to potential data loss or theft, with a quarter of businesses saying it is very likely sensitive data has been jeopardized because of them. These were among the findings of a survey of 200 IT and cyber-security professionals with knowledge, responsibility and involvement in the planning, implementation and/or operations of their organization’s data security policies, processes and/or technical safeguards. The survey, sponsored by Seclore and conducted by research firm Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG), found 98 percent of respondents cited the loss or theft of sensitive data as a top or significant concern. "The fact that the users are concerned about the loss of sensitive data is not surprising, but the fact that an appreciable percentage of the participants suspected it had, in fact, already happened and the number of vehicles that they cited as having contributed to data leakage was surprising," Doug Cahill, senior analyst at ESG, told eWEEK.
He said some of the steps organizations should employ include multifactor authentication for access to its most sensitive data, adopting a contemporary enterprise digital rights management solution to create a data perimeter to control and monitor data access and usage, and analytics to detect anomalous activities.