Enterprises still struggling to meet standards for data security and control

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Two in three enterprises fail to meet best practice standards for data control while more than three quarters fail to mark sensitive data during the testing and development phase of a project, according to the latest research from Actifio and IDC.

The research, which has been published in a paper entitled ‘Common Gaps in Data Control: Identifying, Quantifying, and Solving Them Using Best Practices’, argues enterprises are struggling to keep track of their data being both secure and accessible, and despite well-publicised high profile data breaches – the latest companies in the firing line include EA, who denies the attack, and Uber – companies aren’t learning from those mistakes.

According to the Actifio research, the average company will hold 375 data copies, with each copy carrying sensitive information and thus heightening the risk of attack. The company argues the sheer geometric growth rate of data is becoming an issue. IDC argues copy data currently consumers up to 60% of the IT storage hardware and infrastructure budget.

One of the more positive aspects of the research showed the importance of the CIO in implementing data control and security policies, with policies only being applied on an ad-hoc basis 34% of the time. Yet various challenges remain, according to the researchers.

“Our research clearly identified two major challenges faced by IT executives – the copy data proliferation problem and the copy data access problem,” said Phil Goodwin, IDC storage systems and software research director. “Copy data is costly, and introduces risk when it needs to be accessed.” Ash Ashutosh, Actifio CEO, added: “The truth is most companies have no idea how many copies of a given data set are floating around in their infrastructure or in the cloud.

“If you don’t know how many copies you have, you don’t know where they are – and if you don’t know where they are, you can’t tell who has access to them.”

Naturally, Actifio has an approach to data management through its Virtual Data Pipeline technology, and it also took the opportunity to announce ‘dramatic’ growth in the number of enterprise customers using the solution. Regular readers of Enterprise AppsTech will recognise the problems disgruntled employees play in data breaches. Earlier this week, it was reported that insurance giant Aviva had dismissed an employee after concerns that customer information had been sold to a third party.

 

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