Security Focus Should Be on Data, Not Just Perimeter
Most organizations are not confident in their ability to protect data after security breaches, according to the new Data Security Confidence Index from Gemalto (News - Alert). The index is based on surveys of 1,100 IT decision makers from various parts of the world.
While 61 percent of the group believe their perimeter security is very effective at blocking unauthorized users from access to their networks, 69 percent lack confidence their data would be secure should that perimeter security be breached. That’s a real problem, adds Gemalto’s Jason Hart, who notes that breaches are impossible to prevent, and thus organizations should instead shift their focus to protecting data itself.
Indeed, a quick look at the numbers proves his point. More than 3.9 billion data records worldwide were lost or stolen since 2013, the company notes. But there is some good news here. That includes the fact that 78 percent of those surveyed by Gemalto said they had adjusted their strategies due to high profile data breaches; that’s as compared to just 71 percent last year. However, 86 percent reported having increased spending on perimeter security, and 85 percent said they believe their current investments are their best defense.
"While companies are confident in the amount of spending and where they are spending it, it's clear the security protocols they are employing are not living up to expectations,” says Hart, vice president and CTO for data protection at Gemalto. “While protecting the perimeter is important, organizations need to come to the realization that they need a layered approach to security in the event the perimeter is breached. By employing tools such as end-to-end encryption and two-factor authentication across the network and the cloud, they can protect the whole organization and, most importantly, the data."
Gemalto is a multi-billion-dollar company in the security space. It sells advanced cryptographic software that can be embedded into various devices.
Edited by Peter Bernstein