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Monday, April 05, 2010

Microsoft Cyber Security Survey Finds Businesses’ Most Valuable Data at Risk

While many IT departments are spending significantly on compliance and protection from accidental leaks of “custodial data,” most are not investing enough in protecting their organizations’ most important secrets.  That’s according to a new Forrester Consulting survey funded by Microsoft and RSA.  According to the researchers, who surveyed 305 IT security decision makers globally, two types of business data need to be secured.  Refocusing corporate cyber security while maintaining compliance In the report, Forrester, Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) and RSA, the security division of EMC (NYSE: EMC), provided a set of recommendations to help IT security organizations address rebalancing security priorities.

For instance, decision makers should identify which information is the most valuable.

Another smart move would be to “create a ‘risk register’ of data security risks [that] divides the risks your firm faces into two categories: compliance risks and misuse of secrets.”

The survey, which was carried out in November and December, polled 163 U.S.-based companies and 102 European companies, as well as 40 based in Australia and New Zealand.

Posted on 04/05