[ISN] Report: Less Budget, More Data Leaks

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Tue, 11 Aug 2009 01:31:16 -0500 (CDT)

By Kelly Jackson Higgins
Aug 10, 2009

Half of all organizations say tighter budgets have hurt their ability to 
protect the leakage of sensitive or confidential information during the 
past year, according to a new report.

The increasing number of layoffs overall, and of IT staff, specifically, 
are taking their toll on security, Proofpoint's "Outbound Email and Data 
Loss Prevention in Today's Enterprise" survey found. More than one-third 
(34 percent) of U.S. companies in the survey said they had suffered from 
the leakage of sensitive or embarrassing data in the past 12 months. 
Forty-three percent said they had investigated a suspected leak of 
sensitive data via email, and 34 percent had investigated a violation of 
data protection regulations or privacy in the past year.

More than one-third said customer data was exposed or stolen, and 28 
percent said they had been hit by exposure or theft of their 
intellectual property during the past year.

"I was kind of surprised how many data breaches via email had been 
investigated. When that number is over 40 percent, that's really high. 
It is still the biggest risk area," says Keith Crosley, director of 
market development for Proofpoint. The report is based on data gathered 
from 220 email decision-makers at U.S. companies with more than 1,000 

Interestingly, even with their dwindling man power, many organizations 
are cracking down more on data leakage violations than ever before. 
"Discipline and termination were pretty high this year," Crosley says.


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