Unstructured Data, Unending Security Concerns

By Karen A. Frenkel  |  Posted 01-04-2016 Email

Eighty percent of respondents to a new survey know of data leakage incidents in their organizations, and while most have implemented technical controls and auditing, only 16% are highly confident in their file security investments. Consequently, there is a gap between file security policies and the efficacy of technical controls, including encryption, to monitor and enforce compliance. David Monahan, research director of Risk and Security Management at think-tank Enterprise Management Associates, said "This lack of capability to control unstructured data as it moves through its lifecycle will not only yield more data privacy breaches but will impact the adoption of advanced enterprise and cloud content management systems." The growth of cloud and mobile computing, ease of file sharing and collaboration methods, applications and devices all contribute to data leakage incidents, according to the report. Enterprise-grade file security firm FinalCode sponsored the survey, "State of File Collaboration Security," which EMA conducted in September. Respondents included 153 senior IT, information security and line-of-business professionals responsible for IT purchase decisions.

Karen A. Frenkel writes about technology and innovation and lives in New York City.


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