IT Managers Stressed as Data Breaches Put Jobs on the Line

SAN DIEGO, /PRNewswire/ — How are IT managers coping with today’s fast-changing threat landscape? Are they properly protected against the latest data-stealing malware? And would employees report if they compromised corporate data? To find out these answers and more, Websense, Inc. (NASDAQ: WBSN), a global leader in content security and data theft protection, commissioned independent research firm Dynamic Markets to survey 1,000 IT managers and 1,000 non-IT employees in the U.S., UK, Canada, and Australia about the latest threats to corporate and personal security, including modern malware and advanced persistent threats (APTs).

Key findings:

Stress of Security

  • Data breaches put IT jobs on the line. 86 percent 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 percent); data needed for compliance is lost (34 percent); and if confidential information is posted on a social networking site (34 percent).
  • Confidential data breaches. Shockingly, a full 24 percent reported that the CEO’s or other executives’ confidential data had been breached. 34 percent report losing data needed for compliance. 34 percent state that confidential information has been posted on a social networking site and 37 percent say that data has been lost by employees.
  • Hidden data loss and social media risks. 20 percent stated that data affected by regulatory compliance was compromised. 20 percent have seen confidential information posted on social networking sites. 34 percent of employees who accidentally compromise data wouldn’t tell their boss.
  • 72 percent say protecting company data is more stressful than getting a divorce, managing personal debt, or being in a minor car accident. 14 percent say losing their job would be less stressful than staying in their current role.

Click here to download the full report entitled Security Pros & ‘Cons’: IT professionals on confidence, confidential data, and today’s cyber-cons.

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