Data Breaches Threaten Business Reputations

By Tony Kontzer  |  Posted 2014-06-17 Email Print this article Print

The potential impact on a company's reputation is the biggest driver determining IT security executives' responses to breaches, according to a recent survey. In its poll of senior corporate security leaders, Courion, an identity access management vendor, found that negative publicity is by far the biggest breach-related fear of IT security leaders. The top goal when addressing breaches is the desire to protect customer privacy. The findings are reflective of the rising importance of IT security in the corporate hierarchy. "The role of senior IT security executives is constantly changing," said Christopher Zannetos, CEO of Courion. "Not only are they thought of as the front-line defense for protecting sensitive company and customer information, they also feel responsible for brand image and customer satisfaction." These executives also appear to feel as if they don't get enough help, ranking their own level of breach-related concern far higher than that of any other stakeholder. What would make them feel better? Improved employee education and better management of user access to corporate systems and information.

Tony has been writing about technology and business for nearly 20 years and currently freelances from his home in the San Francisco Bay Area. Having spent the dot-com boom and bust years in Silicon Valley, he's had a front-row seat for the evolution of the technologies that have been the foundation of IT-powered business—from the growth of client/server computing, through the birth of the commercial Internet, to the emergence of cloud computing and social media. He has been a regular contributor to CIO Insight and Baseline Magazine since 2007, and he posts frequently on CIO Insight's BizTech 3.0 blog. A 1988 graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism, Tony spends his spare time relaxing with his wife, playing with his two sons, tinkering around his home in Albany, Calif., and, when time allows, playing saxophone and traveling. His somewhat infrequent Twitter posts can be found at

Submit a Comment

Loading Comments...
Manage your Newsletters: Login   Register My Newsletters