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Report: Companies Struggle to Secure Sensitive Data

Jaclyn Jaeger | December 12, 2014

Many companies still struggle with how to secure their most sensitive data, elevating the risk of a data breach, according to a new cyber-security report.

The report of 476 information technology and security professionals located in more than 50 countries conducted by information-security firm Trustwave revealed significant security deficiencies and common security weaknesses still remain in most companies. According to the report, 63 percent of respondent said they do not have a fully mature method to control and track sensitive data, while another 19 percent said they do not have one at all.

Furthermore, 33 percent of respondents said they have not commissioned a risk assessment to identify where their valuable data lives and what controls—if any—are in place to protect it. Less than half (49 percent) fully encrypt stored sensitive data, with 51 percent only partially, or not at all.

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