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 the intersection of technology and business for nearly 20 years and currently freelances from the Albany, Calif., home where he and his wife are raising three boys. A 1988 graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism and regular contributor to Baseline since 2007, Tony's somewhat infrequent Twitter posts can be found at http://twitter.com/tkontzer.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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