Newsletters
News & Information for Technology Purchasers NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
This ad will display for the next 20 seconds. Click for more information, or
Home Enterprise I.T. Cloud Computing Applications Hardware More Topics...
Eliminate costly downtime!
Find out how with Free White Paper
& enter to win a Samsung Galaxy Note

www.apc.com
Big Data
24/7/365 Network Uptime!
Average Rating:
Rate this article:  
IT Security Pros Clueless About Location of Sensitive Data
IT Security Pros Clueless About Location of Sensitive Data

By Barry Levine
June 24, 2014 2:07PM

    Bookmark and Share
More than half of the IT security pros surveyed by Ponemon and Informatica are not sleeping well, at least in a figurative sense because they have no idea where their sensitive and private data lives. That's correct, a whopping 57 percent said not knowing where sensitive data resides keeps them up at night, according to Ponemon and Informatica.
 



Organizations are in the dark about their sensitive data. That's a key takeaway from a new report by data integration software provider Informatica.

The report, "The State of Data Centric Security," was conducted by the Ponemon Institute, and surveyed over 1,500 IT and IT security professionals worldwide.

The top concern of IT security professionals: not knowing the location of sensitive or private data. This was a higher concern than even hacker attacks, malicious employees and compliance issues. Only 15 percent of the surveyed organizations knew where all of their most sensitive structured data lived, 24 percent have no idea where any of it is, and only seven percent knew the location of sensitive unstructured data, such as in e-mails and documents.

'Time Is Ripe'

Larry Ponemon, the chairman and founder of the institute, said in a statement that "the time is ripe for a wider adoption of the technologies and expertise to make data-centric security an enterprise priority."

The report also said that automated, sensitive data-discovery tools can help to reduce risk and increase the effectiveness of security. Informatica, as one might expect, provides such a tool, Informatica Secure@Source, which automates the discovery, analytic and visualization of sensitive data location, risk and proliferation.

Only 40 percent of respondents use an automated solution that can discover the locations and relationships of sensitive and private data. Twenty-two percent use it for finding sensitive data in e-mails and files, but almost 75 percent said they would benefit from such a solution.

More than half are not sleeping well, at least in a figurative sense, because of this situation. Fifty-seven percent said "not knowing where sensitive data resides keeps them up at night." But other issues are also depriving IT personnel of their shut-eye. Fifty-one percent cite migration to new mobile platforms as a sleep robber, 50 percent mention temporary worker and contractor mistakes, and 42 percent point to outsourcer management.

Intelligent Data Platform

Clearly, this report highlights the need for sleeping pills or sleep therapy in addition to automated tools for finding sensitive data.

In May, the company released its Intelligent Data Platform at its Informatica World 2014 conference in Las Vegas.

The platform is not yet a finished product, but it is being presented as a vision that is being developed as "a combination of existing Informatica platform capabilities and new product initiatives, some of which are in early beta testing." The company said some of its platform capabilities will be available as packaged offerings and reference architecture by the end of this year.

There are three components to this platform. A data intelligence layer delivers self-service data for businesses, collecting metadata, semantic data and usage information. It also analyzes the metadata and makes recommendations that help users make decisions. A second component, the data infrastructure, offers clean and connected data. And a data engine, such as Informatica's Vibe, aggregates and manages data. Use cases include finding useful data without IT, as well as for data-centric security involving the Secure@Source application.

Secure@Source complements existing security operations, but it also finds all instances of sensitive data, visualizes the risk and maps the risk so the data can be secured. Functions can include creation of a "data risk heat map," monitoring in real-time of data usage patterns, and protection based on a data risk index that is tied to compliance regulations and data governance policies.
 

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:

Ed.:

Posted: 2014-07-10 @ 7:24pm PT
@Phyllis: We appreciate the correction and have fixed that typo. Thanks for the catch!

Phyllis:

Posted: 2014-07-10 @ 7:08pm PT
I think that you ought to change "there" to "their" in the top of your story.





 Big Data
1.   Cloud Wars: AWS vs. Microsoft, IBM
2.   Watson's First Consumer-Facing Gig
3.   HP Drops $50M on Hortonworks
4.   IBM, California Partner in the Cloud
5.   Teradata Bets Big on 2 Big Data Buys


advertisement
Comcast Customer Service Fiasco
Lessons to be learned for all companies.
Average Rating:
Apple, IBM Team on Mobile Biz Apps
A match made in technology heaven.
Average Rating:
U.K. Wants Data Retention Law
After citizens right-to-privacy verdict.
Average Rating:


advertisement
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
Canadian Government Charges China With Cyberattack
The government of Canada is not happy with China. Canadian officials have accused "a highly sophisticated Chinese state-sponsored actor" of launching a cyberattack on its National Research Council.
 
Researchers Working To Fix Tor Security Exploit
Developers for the Tor privacy browser are scrambling to fix a bug revealed Monday that researchers say could allow hackers, or government surveillance agencies, to track users online.
 
Wall Street Journal Hacked Again
Hacked again. That’s the story at the Wall Street Journal this week as the newspaper reports that the computer systems housing some of its news graphics were breached. Customers not affected -- yet.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
Apple Updates MacBook Pros, Cuts Prices Up to $100
The popular MacBook Pro laptop line just got an update and a price cut of as much as $100. The MacBook Pro with Retina display now includes faster processors and double the memory.
 
Watson Gets His First Customer Service Gig
Since appearing on Jeopardy, IBM's Watson supercomputer has been making a living using his super-intelligent knowledge base for business verticals. Now, Watson's been hired for his first customer service job.
 
Tablet Giants Apple and Samsung Feel the Heat
When a company saturates its home market with a once-hot product, expect it to pump up efforts elsewhere. Apple, for its part, is now pushing iPads to big corporations and the enterprise market.
 

Mobile Technology Spotlight
Android 'Fake ID' Puts Millions of Users at Risk
Having this fake ID is nothing to brag about, even if you are a minor. The “Fake ID” Android flaw drops malware into smartphone apps. It can steal credit card data and even take over your device.
 
FTC Wants Fix for 'Perfect Scam' of Mobile Cramming
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has issued new guidelines to curb “mobile cramming,” a troublesome practice that adds unauthorized third-party charges to mobile phone bills.
 
Facebook: You Will Use Messenger, and You Will Like It
Starting this week, Facebook users with Android and iOS phones will be forced to use the separate Messenger app to send Facebook messages. Pending messages will still be visible in the main app.
 

Navigation
NewsFactor Network
Home/Top News | Enterprise I.T. | Cloud Computing | Applications | Hardware | Mobile Tech | Big Data | Communications
World Wide Web | Network Security | Data Storage | CRM Systems | Microsoft/Windows | Apple/Mac | Linux/Open Source | Personal Tech
Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.