Most Execs Believe They Can't Prevent Data Breaches, According to Survey

Aug 29, 2006

Ponemon Institute, a privacy and information management research firm and PortAuthority Technologies, Inc., a provider of Information Leak Prevention (ILP) security solutions that controls the unauthorized distribution of sensitive information for data privacy, confidential information protection, and true compliance, has announced the National Survey on the Detection and Prevention of Data Breaches to examine the responses of 853 U.S. based information security professionals to questions related to data protection and prevention within their organizations.

The National Survey on the Detection and Prevention of Data Breaches provides insight related to data breach response; technologies, practices, and procedures used to detect and prevent data breaches; primary issues, challenges, and impediments to detecting and preventing data breaches; and enforcement of data protection policy. Nearly two-thirds of security executives believe they have no way to prevent a data breach, according to industry research by the Ponemon Institute. Respondents believe their organizations lack the accountability and resources necessary to enforce data security policy compliance. These results were derived from a national survey on information security professionals' experiences in detecting and preventing the leakage of sensitive or confidential information to unauthorized parties, both outside and inside an organization.