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Lack of security knowledge has far reaching impact: Dell

March 8, 2016  

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Dell today announced the results of the first Dell Data Security Survey. The report found that though the C-suite recognizes the benefits of data security, organizations are still struggling to develop programs that effectively incorporate security strategies without detracting from other business initiatives.

Even with tools in place to address data security needs, business and IT decision makers report gaps in their comfort level with implementing or expanding programs that rely on these technologies. In addition, the survey found that security concerns are limiting the adoption of cloud and mobility solutions throughout organizations.

While the C-suite is more invested in data security than in the past, IT teams feel executives are still not allocating the energy or resources needed to properly address data security challenges.

The survey found that:

  • Nearly three in four decision makers agree that data security is a priority for their organization’s C-suite; however, one in four decision makers do not find their C-suite to be adequately informed about data security issues.
  • Three in four decision makers say their C-suite plans to increase current security measures, and more than half expect to spend more money on data security in the next five years.
  • Cost is a concern when it comes to building on existing programs, with 53% of respondents citing cost constraints for why they don’t anticipate adding additional security features in the future.
  • Only one in four decision makers is very confident in their C-suite’s ability to budget enough for data security solutions over the next five years.

“These findings suggest that the C-level has to be more engaged when it comes to integrating data security strategies into their business,” said Steve Lalla, vice president of commercial client software and solutions for Dell. “Business leaders understand the need to invest in their security infrastructure, but that isn’t translating into updating or expanding their current systems to adequately prevent modern attacks.”

Further coverage will appear in the March-April 2016 issue of Connections+.