One in four IT managers thwart a data breach every day, research claims
One in four IT managers attempt to stop a data breach every day, according to new research released by data security provider WinMagic.
The study, which polled 250 IT managers and 1,000 employees, found that for almost half of employees (41%), IT security was solely the responsibility of the IT department, while a further 37% believe they have a role to play in IT security.
A quarter of IT managers (24%) argued employees were the second biggest security risk for organisations behind hackers, while worryingly, 17% of employees freely admitted they were ‘somewhat likely’ to open an attachment from an unknown sender. Similarly, a fifth of IT managers surveyed said they wanted to empower employees to use personal devices, with a third (36%) believing access should only be given to approved workers.
Andreas Jensen, WinMagic enterprise director for EMEA, notes the importance of organisations keeping on their toes. “Encryption itself can be a complex task open to human error,” he said. “IT managers must recognise this and ensure they have the processes and tools in place to facilitate effective encryption across the entire device estate.
“Devices change and move as much as the data itself and encryption is not a tick box task,” added Jensen. “By using automation and effective tools, businesses can ensure that the last line of defence from hackers and human error, is robust and minimises the chance and impact of a data breach.”
According to research released by IFS in July, while the vast majority of senior decision makers polled (86%) believe digital transformation would play a key role in their market, 40% did not have a strategy for it.
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