New Research Highlights Need to Focus On Data-centric
Security to Reduce Damaging Breaches
REDWOOD CITY, Calif., June 12, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --
-- Informatica Corporation (Nasdaq:INFA), the world's number one independent
provider of data integration software, today announced the availability
of an important new research report from the Ponemon Institute entitled
Safeguarding Data in Production & Development: A Survey of IT
-- The Informatica-sponsored report reveals the continued vulnerability of
sensitive and confidential data due to lack of controls and safeguards to
keep unauthorized employees and third-parties from accessing the
-- Alarming findings across 663 surveyed IT and IT security practitioners
-- Data compromise/theft remains rampant: 50% of respondents have had data
compromised or stolen by a malicious insider such as a privileged user.
-- Unbridled DBA access heightens risk: 73% say their database
administrators can view sensitive data in clear text mode, increasing the
risk of a breach.
-- Call centers put sensitive customer data into play: 76% say their call
center personnel view, or will likely view, sensitive data such as credit
card numbers in the clear.
-- Organizations are under-coping: 68% have difficulty restricting user
access to sensitive data, 66% have difficulty complying with privacy/data
protection regulations, and 55% lack confidence that they would even
detect data theft/loss from their own production environments.
-- Penalties are high, but budgets are low: Even though the cost of a data
security breach is high, only 33% of respondents say they have budgets
adequate to reduce the insider threat.
-- Where traditional persistent data masking safeguards data by masking,
dynamic data masking provides real-time role-driven masking of sensitive
data in production and development environments to ensure compliance with
-- Dynamic data masking has emerged recently as a flexible and economical
data protection technology that addresses a number of gaps in existing
solutions. Survey respondents cite among its most important advantages:
-- Customizable access: 67% believe the most important feature of a dynamic
data masking solution is the ability to customize what users see based on
their unique access privileges.
-- Simplicity: 59% say it is to avoid alternative, more intrusive methods
such as encryption and tokenization.
-- The market's first dynamic data masking solution, Informatica Dynamic
Data Masking empowers organizations to cost-effectively address current
and future data privacy regulations through a comprehensive mix of
real-time data anonymizing, blocking, auditing and alerting in a single
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-- "Insider data security threats, both malicious and unintentional,
represent an enormous and expanding risk exposure," said Dr. Larry
Ponemon, chairman and founder of the Ponemon Institute. "Widespread
outsourcing, cloud computing and CRM call centers all aggravate an
already difficult situation. It is clear from this study that
organizations need to seek out new and innovative ways to simply and
conclusively address the insider security challenge."
-- "Dynamic Data Masking ensures that both IT and business users using
applications and tools access personal information on a need-to-know
basis," said Kobi Hirsh, Partner Communications, Chief Information
-- "Informatica enables organizations to cost-effectively augment encryption
and other protection measures in order to govern data access for DBAs,
call center representatives, service providers, developers and others who
might otherwise see data in the clear," said Adam Wilson, general
manager, ILM, Informatica. "The Ponemon survey reveals customers are
looking for data security to: 1. Safeguard data without impacting
database or application code and performance 2. Dynamically mask
sensitive information based on the user's privilege level and 3. Cast a
protective net across production and near production environments."
-- Webinar: Data Privacy and Protection in Production and Development
Environments: New Research from Ponemon Institute
-- Blog: Where Are the Data Security Weaknesses in Your Cloud Solution?
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independent provider of data integrationsoftware. Organizations around
the world rely on Informatica for maximizing return on data to drive
their top business imperatives. Worldwide, nearly 5,000 enterprises
depend on Informatica to fully leverage their information assets
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