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Data Security: Employees often aren't Sensitive in the Handling of Confidential Data

By Dick Weisinger

IT security professionals aren’t optimistic about how well they’re able to protect their company’s data.  70 percent say that they would not bet on their company avoiding a data breach over the next six months.  That’s the result of a recent survey by Lieberman Software.

Philip Lieberman, President and CEO of Lieberman Software, said that “these figures highlight the fact that IT security professionals realize that most organizations are woefully unprotected against cyber attacks. While vendors of conventional security products — like firewalls and anti-virus — are constantly updating their tools to reactively protect against the latest threats, hackers are looking for flaws and engineering new attacks to exploit them. The reality is that 100% protection is nearly impossible to achieve, but there are still best practices for securing access to critical systems and data that many organizations tend to ignore.”

The survey found that workers aren’t careful about handling sensitive data.  The results showed that:

  • 81.4 percent of IT staff think that IT rules are not being followed by employees
  • 75.8 percent of IT staff think that many employees have access to information that’s not required for performing their jobs
  • 64.7 percent of IT staff thing that they have access to more sensitive information than their colleagues on other departments have

Lieberman said that “Younger workers are more willing to take data and share data and think it’s not that big a deal…  It’s not necessarily malicious.  But the sensitivity around the handling of private, confidential data has eroded socially. We’ve gotten to the point where we value privacy and confidentiality less in our personal lives. I don’t know how that doesn’t permeate into the workforce.”

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