Metadata Matters: Oh, I thought she was such a nice girl!
Data privacy and security are hot topics, and should be. We’ve seen quite a few hackers last year and now we have Morgan Stanley and potentially Sony who were breached by employees, deliberately. Last year alone, approximately 43% of companies experienced a data breach and looking at the handwriting on the wall it’s only going to escalate.
The statistics are quite high for internal data leaks and breaches. According to Ponemon Institute sixty-nine percent of companies reporting serious data leaks responded that their data security breaches were the result of either their malicious employee activities or non-malicious employee error. In fact, the number one leading cause of data security breaches resulted from non-malicious employee error (39%). The Ponemon Institute concludes that these breaches are typically the consequence of complacency or negligence from lax or insufficient access controls to sensitive or confidential data. Only sixteen percent of serious data leaks were linked to hackers or external penetration.
If we consider unstructured content, a large part of the problem is, for the most part, unstructured content remains un-managed or mis-managed in the organization. Therefore, it becomes highly likely that there would be a breach of confidential information, either by accident or deliberately. The solution of course is to ensure security and access controls are in use, but to take a step back and proactively identify manage unstructured assets, a seemingly minor point, but can minimize the potential of an inside breach. Catch the breach before it occurs. Remove it from unauthorized access and portability.
(If you have a few minutes and use SharePoint or Office 365, could you kindly take our metadata survey? You could win a free conference pass to Microsoft Ignite. We would greatly appreciate it)