Informatica Survey: Organizations Blind to Location of Sensitive Data Says New Research Report

Informatica Corporation, the world’s number one independent provider of data integration software, today announced the availability  of a new research report by the Ponemon Institute LLC, entitled, The State of Data Centric Security. Based on a global survey of more than 1,500 IT and IT security professionals, the study reveals how organizations understand and respond to data security threats in today’s information-everywhere world.

According to the study:

Key Survey Findings

With today’s escalating threat landscape and with sensitive and private data no longer restricted to traditional enterprise boundaries, it is imperative to know data location and proliferation to protect it adequately. According to the Informatica-sponsored Ponemon study:

Current security solutions often do not provide visibility into data location and user access, while existing data protection procedures are most often poorly conducted.

While currently on the rise, data breaches can be reduced through a combination of effective data security technologies and skilled personnel.

Next Step: Securing Sensitive Data at its Source

As the new Ponemon research reveals, IT security professionals are highly attuned to the value of an automated solution for discovering all locations of their organizations’ sensitive data. Informatica has previewed and demonstrated Secure@Source, a next-generation solution for data-centric security that automates the discovery, analytics and visualization of sensitive data location, risk and proliferation. By securing the data at its source, organizations minimize the security risk downstream.

“The findings indicate that sensitive and confidential data continues to proliferate beyond traditional IT perimeters,” said Dr. Larry Ponemon, chairman and founder, Ponemon Institute. “The majority of respondents agree that not knowing the location of data poses a serious security threat. Clearly, the time is ripe for a wider adoption of the technologies and expertise to make data-centric security an enterprise priority.”

“At Informatica World, Informatica’s annual user conference in May, customers emphasized the need for companies to better secure data at its source, before it propagates to any number of destinations,” said Amit Walia, senior vice president and general manager, Application ILM, Informatica. “Informatica Secure@Source will deliver on that need, helping to eliminate what organizations around the world recognize as a severe security exposure. In a giant step for data-centric security, Secure@Source will help companies visualize risk by means of a ‘data risk heat map,’ intelligently monitor data usage patterns and protect sensitive data based on a customer-defined risk index.”

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About the Ponemon Institute

Ponemon Institute conducts independent research and education that advances information security, data protection, privacy and responsible information management practices within businesses and governments throughout the world.  Our mission is to conduct high quality, empirical studies on critical issues that affect the protection of information assets and IT infrastructure. As a member of the Council of American Survey Research Organizations (CASRO), we uphold strict data confidentiality, privacy and ethical research standards. www.ponemon.org.

About Informatica

Informatica Corporation (Nasdaq:INFA) is the world’s number one independent provider of data integration software. Organizations around the world rely on Informatica to realize their information potential and drive top business imperatives. Informatica Vibe, the industry’s first and only embeddable virtual data machine (VDM), powers the unique “Map Once. Deploy Anywhere.” capabilities of the Informatica Platform. Worldwide, over 5,000 enterprises depend on Informatica to fully leverage their information assets from devices to mobile to social to big data residing on-premise, in the Cloud and across social networks. For more information, call +1 650-385-5000 (1-800-653-3871 in the U.S.), or visit www.informatica.com. Connect with Informatica at http://www.facebook.com/InformaticaCorporation, http://www.linkedin.com/company/informatica and http://twitter.com/InformaticaCorp.

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