Data Breaches Threaten Business Reputations

By Tony Kontzer
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    78% of IT security leaders surveyed said they feel anxious about the potential for breaches.

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.

This article was originally published on 2014-06-17
Tony has been writing about the intersection of technology and business for more than 20 years and currently freelances from the Grass Valley, Calif., home where he and his wife are raising their two 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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