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Despite Highly Publicized Breaches, Most IT Execs Still Believe Their Data Isn't Secure

The results of a new data security survey of U.S. businesses should not be surprising, but they are certainly alarming. Even though high-profile data breaches such as Target and P.F. Chang's have been in the news since the start of the year, IT executives said their companies' data is not secure.

Title  Despite Highly Publicized Breaches, Most IT Execs Still Believe Their Data Isn't Secure

Even though 72 percent of IT executives say their companies suffered a data breach in the past 12 months, only 51 percent say securing confidential data is a high priority, according to a new Ponemon Institute report commissioned by Informatica. The report is based on a survey of nearly 1,600 IT executives in 16 countries whose jobs involve protecting sensitive data.

In the Ponemon study, among respondents whose companies suffered breaches, 58 percent said that the incident could have been avoided with more effective security technologies and 57 percent said they wished they had had more skilled personnel with data security responsibilities.

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