IT managers feel that getting a divorce or losing their job is less stressful than looking after company confidential data
New research by Websense, a content security and data theft protection company, has found that for IT managers the stress of managing their company confidential data is greater than divorce, managing personal debt, or a minor car accident.
Websense commissioned independent research firm Dynamic Markets to survey 1,000 IT managers and 1,000 non-IT employees in the US, UK, Canada, and Australia about the latest threats to corporate and personal security, including modern malware and advanced persistent threats (APTs).
The research revealed that IR managers are feeling the pressure and saying that data loss incidents put their jobs on the line. The study also highlighted that serious data breaches have occurred compromising CEO and other executives’ data, confidential customer data, and data necessary for regulatory compliance.
In the survey, 72% said protecting company data is more stressful than getting a divorce, managing personal debt, or being in a minor car accident. 14% said losing their job would be less stressful than staying in their current role.
In the poll, 86% said that their job would be at risk if a security incident were to occur, including if a CEO or other executive’s confidential data is breached (36%); data needed for compliance is lost (34%); and if confidential information is posted on a social networking site (34%).
Moreover, 24% reported that the CEO’s or other executives’ confidential data had been breached. About 34% reported losing data needed for compliance, while 34% stated that confidential information has been posted on a social networking site. Nearly 37% said that data has been lost by employees.
The study found about 20% stating that data affected by regulatory compliance was compromised. While, 20% have seen confidential information posted on social networking sites, 34% of employees who accidentally compromise data wouldn’t tell their boss.
However, Websense said that help is on the horizon. It said data security talk now involves top management. 91% of IT security managers report that new levels of management have engaged in data security conversations in the last year, including the head of IT (43%), managing director (38%), and CEO (33%). This means that until recently, the head of IT was often not involved, said Websense.
Websense senior director of Product Marketing Tom Clare said the survey shows that companies need to recalculate their assumptions about how well their data is protected.
"When asked about real-time protection solutions in place, many respondents listed product and vendor names that don’t offer real-time protection at all, Clare said.
He continued, "Advanced threats are using attack elements and methods that AV was not designed to address — and are written and tested specifically to bypass AV. Companies need a robust, layered security strategy — like our Websense TRITON solutions — that can truly protect them from modern malware in the wild and effectively keep their confidential data protected however it’s being used."