Intelligent CIO Europe Issue 15 - Page 28

INFOGRAPHIC INFOGRAPHIC Thales research reveals Digital Transformation puts sensitive data at risk T hales, a leader in critical information systems, cybersecurity and data security, has announced that the rush to Digital Transformation is putting sensitive data at risk for organisations worldwide. That is according to the company’s 2019 Thales Data Threat Report – Global Edition with research and analysis from IDC. As organisations embrace new technologies such as multi-cloud deployments, they are struggling to implement proper data security. Sensitive data is everywhere A total of 97% of the survey respondents reported their organisation was already underway with some level of Digital Transformation and with that, confirmed they are using and exposing sensitive data within these environments. Aggressive digital transformers are most at risk for data breaches but alarmingly, the study found that less than a third of respondents (only 30%) are using encryption within these environments. The study also found a few key areas where encryption adoption and usage are above average: IoT (42%), containers (47%) and Big Data (45%). The reality of multi-cloud risk As companies move to the cloud or multi- cloud environments as part of their Digital Transformation journey, protecting their sensitive data is becoming increasingly complex. Nine out of 10 respondents are using, or will be using, some type of cloud environment and 44% rated complexity of that environment as a perceived barrier to implementing proper data security measures. In fact, this complexity is ahead of staff needs, budget restraints and securing organisational buy-in. Globally, 60% of organisations say they have been breached at some point in their history, with 30% experiencing a breach within the past year alone. In a year where 28 INTELLIGENTCIO breaches regularly appear in headlines, the US had the highest number of breaches in the last three years (65%) as well as in the last year (36%). The bottom line is that whatever technologies an organisation deploys to make Digital Transformation happen, the easy and timely access to data puts this data at risk both internally and externally. The majority of organisations (86%) said they felt vulnerable to data threats. Unfortunately, this does not always translate into security best practices as evidenced by the less than