62% of data security professionals don’t know where their sensitive data is, according to a report from Forrester on behalf of Varnish Systems. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Find out more — and why a layered approach to security works best…
“Technical challenges” in protecting data
The survey revealed that 93% of organizations have technical challenges in protecting data, often encumbered by a focus on threats rather than a focus on protecting data. The survey revealed deficiencies in user access controls, data classification and alerts for irregularity in data use. Overall, organizations wanted an approach that would increase both visibility and control.
Data breaches rose 40% in 2016, hitting an all-time record high of 1,093 data breaches, with the majority coming from the business (25%) and healthcare (35%) sectors. Hacking, skimming, and phishing accounted for 56% of all breaches, up 18% over 2015. And, with growth in mobility and the cloud expanding the attack surface and more data living in shadow IT, we expect these figures will only climb. Gartner estimates that by 2020, a third of successful attacks on organizations will be on shadow IT resources.
No silver bullet: Think more about a layered approach
Although we agree that organizations need more unified approaches to address current data security issues, there isn’t a silver bullet solution that will protect against the many existing and evolving data threats. We believe a layered approach, one that is appropriately risk-based (instead of threat-based), includes multiple security layers with unified visibility over your entire security stack.
Absolute gives IT pros a significant level of visibility over devices, data, apps, and users on the endpoint. We see what others cannot, even hidden data. Want more control over your data? Learn more here.